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AFP ensures respect for civil and political rights – Manila Bulletin


AFP ensures respect for civil and political rights

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have assured the public that they will respect the civil and political rights of the people following the approval of the Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

Philippine Armed Forces spokesperson Major General Edgard Arevalo (AP Photo / Bullit Marquez)

AFP spokesman Major General Edgard Arevalo said law-abiding people should not be afraid of the law since the anti-terrorism law is aimed at members of local and international terrorist groups.

Various groups and individuals have challenged the anti-terrorism law in the Supreme Court over allegedly vague provisions that would allow any current administration to turn it into a weapon to persecute political opponents and harass critics.

But for the military, the law will empower and empower AFP to chase after, assist in arrest and prosecution, and protect the country and the people of the Philippines from organizations, associations, groups, individuals, supporters and supporters. terrorists.

“It should be terrorists and accomplices, not law-abiding citizens, who should be scared off by passing the law and approving the corresponding IRR. AFP is optimistic that the law and its IRR will be an effective deterrent for terrorists, ”Arevalo said.

For his part, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Col. Ysmael Yu said there were still processes that would be carried out after IRR approval, including a coordination meeting. to discuss the role of the police.

“Once our role is defined, we will develop an anti-terrorism law master plan so that each unit of the Philippine National Police has defined tasks to perform,” Yu said.