JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said that the legal team of the Justice Department will complete within three months the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
"I believe that we can finish the IRR within the 90-day period provided under the anti-terrorism law," Guevarra said in a Viber message to reporters.
He said the DOJ legal team has started drafting the IRR of Republic Act 11479 which President Rodrigo Duterte signed last July 3.
“We shall consult our law enforcement and military institutions as we go along. We shall also coordinate with intelligence agencies for inputs. Then, we'll present an initial draft to the anti-terrorism council for consideration," he said.
A total of 23 petitions have been filed so far questioning the constitutionality of the controversial legislation before the Supreme Court.
President Rodrigo Duterte last month signed a stricter anti-terrorism bill, condemned by critics and rights groups as a weapon to target opponents and stifle free speech.
Duterte has defended the law, saying law-abiding citizens should not fear as it targets terrorists including communist insurgents.