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Integrated Bar of the Philippines Makati Chapter


SUBMISSIONS OF THE IBP ON THE ANTI-TERRORISM BILL

1. Section 29 of the ATB which reads: “any law enforcement agent or military personnel who, having been duly authorized in writing by the ATC, has taken custody of a person suspected of committing any of the act defined and penalized under Sections 4-12”… of the ATB shall not be liable if he or she detains the suspect for a period of 14-24 days without filing a judicial charge, is unconstitutional insofar as it gives the Anti-Terrorism Council ATC , an agency under the Executive Branch of government, the power to issue written authorization to arrest and detain. Under Section 2, Article II of the 1987 Constitution, in keeping with the carefully crafted checks and balance, only judges can issue warrants of arrest. The language of the bill is plain and clear....

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Online Panel Discussion on the ANTI-TERRORISM LAW

June 18, 2020 Thursday / 2:00 P.M. Guest Speaker: Atty. Theodore Te To register click: bit.ly/3hn5Poe ...

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STATEMENT ON SENATE BILL 1083/HOUSE BILL 6875 OR THE ANTI-TERRORISM BILL OF 2020

When the broad and far-reaching letters of the proposed law are as disquieting as they are dangerous to the exercise by every Filipino of their basic freedoms guaranteed under our fundamental law, the people have a right to question such law. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Makati Chapter IBP-Makati stands in unity with our people in rejecting the AntiTerrorism Bill of 2020. Under the new Anti-Terrorism Bill, mere suspicion may authorize surveillance of citizens by state agents for a prolonged period; any law enforcement agent or military personnel may detain suspected individuals without a judicial warrant of arrest for a period of up to 24 days upon mere written authorization of the Anti-Terrorism Council ATC – a council created and granted powers that are otherwise reserved by our Constitution to the judiciary; and the interception and recording of private communications are given sanction upon ex parte application by members of the military and police on written authorization of the ATC....

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