Duterte signs anti-terror bill into law

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  July 3, 2020, 6:35 pm

MANILA –— President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure that seeks to give the country more teeth to curb terror threats and acts, Malacañang announced on Friday.
 
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed in separate text messages that the anti-terror bill is already passed into law.

“Signed the bill into law earlier,” Medialdea said.

The Palace has yet to release a copy of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

This developed a day after Malacañang said the proposed anti-terror act was under final review at Medialdea’s office.

Duterte earlier certified as urgent the anti-terror bill to toughen up the government’s anti-terrorism policies.

The new law repeals Republic Act 9372 or the Human Security Act of 2007.

It seeks the detention of suspected terrorists for up to 24 days sans a warrant of arrest.

It also allows a 60-day surveillance with an allowable 30-day extension that can be conducted by the police or the military against suspected terrorists.

The law also imposes a 12-year jail term on a person who voluntarily or knowingly joins a terrorist organization.

Anti-terror law targets terrorists

In a separate statement, Roque allayed the Bangsamoro leaders’ concerns over the passage of the anti-terrorism act.

Roque ensured that the new law would secure the country by going after terror groups.

Thus, the anti-terror law does not target any regional or ethnic group, Roque said.

“Passing a class legislation against the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), I would like to stress, would not even cross the minds of the proponents of the said bill. This piece of legislation (anti-terror law) is against terrorists and terrorism and not against a particular regional/ethnic group,” he said.

On Thursday, BARMM leaders urged Duterte to veto the proposed anti-terror law.

In a resolution adopted by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, the Moro leaders asked Duterte to “review and address the issue of vagueness” of the measure.

Bangsamoro Chief Minister Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim said the Bangsamoro leaders have raised worry that the anti-terror bill, once enacted into law, would lead to the rise in “incidents of violations of human rights” and would once again subject Bangsamoro people to “discrimination and abuse.”

Roque said Bangsamoro leaders may have prejudged the measure.

“We consider the concern that the bill would lead to abuse, especially to our Muslim brothers and sisters, unfounded,” he said. (PNA)
 

NAIA Terminal 3 to resume int'l operations starting July 8 

MANILA — The Manila International Airport Authority on Saturday announced it is gearing up for the resumption of international flight operations of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.


?After temporarily closing its doors on March 28 this year, NAIA Terminal 3 will finally open its gates to resume international flight operations beginning 12:01 a.m. of July 8, 2020,? the MIAA said.


?NAIA Terminal 3 airlines which were relocated to NAIA Terminal 1 last March, will be back in Terminal 3 beginning Monday,? it said.


The flights of All Nippon Airways (ANA),  Air Aisa Berhad (AK), Cathay Pacific (CX), Emirates (EK), KLM  Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM), Qatar Airways (QR),  Singapore Airlines (SQ) and Turkish Airlines (TK) will arrive and depart from Terminal 3, beginning Wednesday, July 8.  


International operations of other  airline carriers assigned in Terminal 3 however remain suspended to date, including Cebu Pacific, Delta Air, Qantas Airways, and United Airlines, it said.


Meanwhile, NAIA Terminal 2  continues to service international arrival flights of Philippine Airlines. 
PAL?s international departures, on the other hand, currently operate from NAIA Terminal 1.


Airlines assigned in NAIA Terminal  1 shall remain in Terminal 1, according to MIAA.The Manila International Airport Authority on Saturday announced it is gearing up for the resumption of international flight operations of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.


After temporarily closing its doors on March 28 this year, NAIA Terminal 3 will finally open its gates to resume international flight operations beginning 12:01 a.m. of July 8, 2020, the MIAA said.


NAIA Terminal 3 airlines which were relocated to NAIA Terminal 1 last March, will be back in Terminal 3 beginning Monday, it said.


The flights of All Nippon Airways (ANA),  Air Aisa Berhad (AK), Cathay Pacific (CX), Emirates (EK), KLM  Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM), Qatar Airways (QR),  Singapore Airlines (SQ) and Turkish Airlines (TK) will arrive and depart from Terminal 3, beginning Wednesday, July 8.  


International operations of other  airline carriers assigned in Terminal 3 however remain suspended to date, including Cebu Pacific, Delta Air, Qantas Airways, and United Airlines, it said.


Meanwhile, NAIA Terminal 2  continues to service international arrival flights of Philippine Airlines. 
PAL's international departures, on the other hand, currently operate from NAIA Terminal 1.
Airlines assigned in NAIA Terminal  1 shall remain in Terminal 1, according to MIAA.


These airlines are Air China (CA), Air Niugini (PX), Asiana Airlines (OZ), China Airlines (CI), China Eastern (MU), China Southern (CZ), Etihad Airways (EY), Eva Air (BR), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Gulf Air (GF), Hong Kong Airlines, Japan Airlines (JL), Jeju Air (7C), Jetstar Asia (3K, )Jetstar Japan (GK), Korean Airlines (KE), Kuwait Airways (KU), Malaysian Airlines (MH), Oman Air (WY), Royal Brunei Airlines (BI), Saudia Airlines (SV), Scoot (TR), Thai Airways (TG) and Xiamen Air.

 
Some foreign carriers operating  in Manila also service repatriation flights, the airport authority said.
NAIA Terminal 4 shall remain closed until further notice, according to MIAA.


On current domestic operations, Cebu Pacific (5J), Cebgo (DG), Philippines Air Asia (Z2) and Air Swift (T6) flights  operate to and from NAIA Terminal 3 while Philippine Airlines (PR)  and PAL Express (2P) operate to and from NAIA Terminal 2. 


These airlines also operate sweeper flights,? the MIAA added. 


The public is advised to constantly check airline websites for announcements. For further assistance, inquiries may be directed to the MIAA FB page (@MIAAGovPh) or send their message to 0917-8396242 or 0918-8396242 or call the MIAA voice hotline at 88771-1111. LBG, GMA New

PHOTO CAPTION:  President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace to preside over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference.(Presidential Photo/Albert Alcain)
 

9 cops involved in Jolo 'misencounter' to meet Duterte in Zamboanga

Roel Pareño (Philstar.com) - July 3, 2020 - 4:19pm

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday transported from Jolo, Sulu the nine policemen involved in the shooting of four soldiers to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte in Zamboanga City.

Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson Maj. Arvin John Encinas confirmed the information about the transport of the nine policemen but could not provide further information as the military was not involved in the transfer of the suspects.

Police sources, however, disclosed that the PNP used the maritime police fast craft to ferry Staff Sgts. Almudzrin Hadjaruddin, Iskandar Susulan and Ernisar Sappal; Patrolmen Alkajal Mandangan, Rajiv Putalan and Moh Nur Parsani; Senior M/Sgt. Abdelzhimar Padjiri, M/Sgt. Hanie Baddiri and Cpl Sulki Andaki who arrived in Zamboanga City Friday morning.

Heavily escorted, the nine suspects were secured in a hotel near the Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB) where Duterte is scheduled to arrive about 5:15 p.m. to see and talk with them about the shooting incident.

The president was initially scheduled to fly straight to Jolo to talk with the nine policemen.

It will be recalled the nine involved policemen immediately surrendered and disarmed following the shooting and killing of four persons Monday in downtown Jolo which later turned out to be members of the military Intelligence Service Unit (ISU).

The victims were identified as Maj. Marvin Indammog, 39, Capt. Irvin Managuelod, 33, Sgt. Eric Velasco, 38, and Cpl. Abdal Asula, 33, who were tracking the presence of two Abu Sayyaf suicide bombers under Mundi Sawadjaan.

Duterte, during his visit, will also talk with the ground troops and its commanders before flying to Davao.
 

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