IRR of anti-ter­ror law re­leased

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - By ROBERTZON RAMIREZ

The Anti- Ter­ror Coun­cil ( ATC) pub­lished on Fri­day night the im­ple­ment­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions (IRR) of the Anti-Ter­ror Act of 2020, which em­pha­sized that speeches, procla­ma­tions, writ­ings, em­blems and ban­ners, among oth­ers, could be con­sid­ered as forms of in­cit­ing to com­mit ter­ror­ism.

In the 48-page IRR, in­cit­ing to com­mit ter­ror­ism is de­fined as an act of an in­di­vid­ual who does not di­rectly take part in the com­mis­sion of ter­ror­ism, but in­cites oth­ers to com­mit ter­ror­is­tic ac­tiv­i­ties as de­fined in Sec­tion 4 of the law.

“There is in­cite­ment to com­mit ter­ror­ism… when a per­son who does not take any di­rect part in the com­mis­sion of ter­ror­ism in­cites oth­ers to the com­mis­sion of the same

in what­ever form by means of speeches, procla­ma­tions, writ­ings, em­blems, ban­ners or other rep­re­sen­ta­tion,” the IRR stated.

The IRR also em­pha­sized that in­cite­ment to com­mit ter­ror­ism is present when it “is done un­der cir­cum­stances that show rea­son­able prob­a­bil­ity of suc­cess in in­cit­ing the com­mis­sion of ter­ror­ism.”

But it em­pha­sized that the con­text, speaker or the ac­tor, in­tent, con­tent and form, ex­tent of the speech or act and the cau­sa­tion should be con­sid­ered in de­ter­min­ing the ex­is­tence of rea­son­able prob­a­bil­ity of speeches, procla­ma­tions, writ­ings, em­blems, ban­ners and the like.

It stated that vi­o­la­tors of the pro­vi­sion of the law will be pe­nal­ized with im­pris­on­ment of 12 years.

As part of the so- called “safety net” of the law, the IRR clar­i­fied that ad­vo­cacy, protest, dis­sent, stop­page of work, in­dus­trial or mass ac­tion, cre­ative, artis­tic and cul­tural ex­pres­sion or other sim­i­lar ex­er­cises of civil and po­lit­i­cal rights are not con­sid­ered ter­ror­ism.

But the IRR stated that any ex­er­cises of civil and po­lit­i­cal rights in­tended to cause death or se­ri­ous phys­i­cal harm to any­body, to en­dan­ger a per­son’s life or to cre­ate se­ri­ous risk to pub­lic safety are pun­ish­able for the crime of ter­ror­ism.

“The bur­den of prov­ing such in­tent lies with the pros­e­cu­tion arm of the gov­ern­ment,” the IRR stated.

Toy­ota Mo­tor Philip­pines ( TMP) vice chair­man David Go (right) and pres­i­dent At­suhiro Okamoto un­veil the muchan­tic­i­pated 2021 For­tuner through a vir­tual launch, TMP’s fifth prod­uct in­tro­duc­tion for the year. The 2021 For­tuner is head­lined by the top- grade 4x4 LTD packed with ex­clu­sive lux­ury, convenienc­e and safety fea­tures. Its all- diesel line- up of four vari­ants is up­graded with a stronger en­gine, so­phis­ti­cated in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, seam­less convenienc­e fea­tures and safer tech­nolo­gies.

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