Anti-terrorism Act of 2020 signed into force

Three days before it lapses into law, President Rodrigo Duterte on July 6 certified the Anti-terrorism act of 2020 which ammends the Human Security Act of 2007.

Passed by the the Senate of the Philippines as Senate Bill No.1083 and by the House of Representatives as House Bill No. 6875, the Anti-terrorism act of 2020 has been signed by presidet duterte as Republic Act No. 11469.

Intended to prevent and penalize acts of terrorism, the Anti-terror bill defines acts of terror as follows:

  • Engaging in acts intended to cause death or serious bodily injury to any person or endangers a person's life;

  • Engaging in acts intended to cause extensive damage or destruction to a government or public facility, public place, or private property;

  • Engaging in acts intended to cause extensive interference with, damage, or destruction to critical infrastructure;

  • Developing, manufacturing, possessing, acquiring, transporting, supplying, or using weapons; and

  • Releasing dangerous substances or causing fire, floods or explosions when the purpose is to intimidate the general public, create an atmosphere to spread a message of fear, provoke or influence by intimidation the government or any international organization, seriously destabilize or destroy the fundamental political, economic, or social structures in the country, or create a public emergency or seriously undermine public safety

 The creation of a Anti-Terrorism Council shall determine individuals who shall be investigated on by the actions mentioned above. The council would be compossed of nine cabinet members namely the Executive Secretary, National Security Adviser, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Secretary of National Defense, Secretary of Interior and Local Government, Secretary of Finance, Secretary of Justice, Secretary of Information and Communications Technology,  and Executive Director of the Anti-Money Laundering Council.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the signing of the bill stregthens the commitment of the governmnet to combat terrorism in the country that has plagued the lives of many Filipinos.

“Terrorism, as we often said, strikes anytime and anywhere. It is a crime against the people and humanity; thus, the fight against terrorism requires a comprehensive approach to contain terrorist threats,” the spokesperson said.


Republic Act No. 11469 takes full effect after 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in newspapers of general circulation.


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