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Police seek changes to anti-terrorist law

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PHILIPPINE NATIONAL Police (PNP) Chief Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde. — PHILSTAR/MICHAEL VARCAS

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) wants extended surveillance of suspected terrorists as part of proposed changes to the country’s anti-terror law, police chief General Oscar D. Albayalde said at a briefing yesterday.

Mr. Albayalde said 72 hours of surveillance under the Human Security Act is not enough to build a case. “You need to follow up, prove and validate all information against that person.”

The 12-year-old law limits the detention of a suspect to three days.

Early this month, Senator Panfilo M. Lacson filed a Senate bill that seeks to amend the law by extending the surveillance period to give law enforcers more time to gather evidence.

Mr. Albayalde said lawmakers should also delete a clause that imposes a P500,000 daily fine on a law enforcer who may have wrongfully detained a suspect. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras

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