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New AFP Chief Wants Provisions For Anti-Terrorism Law

ANTI-TERRORISM LAW – The newly-appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines wants to add provisions for the anti-terrorism law.

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Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay aims to add provisions in the implementing rules and regulations of the said law which will regulate the use of social media, according to GMA News.

Gapay, who had just assumed post on Monday, claimed that the , who formally assumed post on Monday, claimed that social media is being used by terrorists to radicalize the youth and plan their acts.

“We will be providing some inputs on countering violent extremism and likewise maybe even regulating social media. This is the platform now being used by the terrorists to radicalize and even plan terrorist acts,” 

“That’s why we need to have specific provisions in the IRR pertaining to regulating the use of social media and, of course, likewise regulating materials in the manufacture of IEDs,” 

IRR stands for “Implementing Rules and Regulations”.

Gapay also wants a provision in IRR which would enhance intelligence sharing between the AFP and its international counterparts.

He also said that they needed a provision in strengthening maritime security to “deny entry of foreign terrorists” in the country.

Based on the report, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the IRR in the said law is currently a WIP (work in progress).

“We have 90 days since the signing of the law to come up with the IRR. Mayroon pa tayong panahon para pag-aralang mabuti ‘yung gagawin nating implementing rules and regulations,” 

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