DEL ROSARIO: No more Marawi siege under Anti-Terrorism Law
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 has armed the government with the necessary fire power to crush terrorism.
“With this new law, our government is now better equipped to defeat these terrorists,”Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chairperson Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario said Monday, citing the five-month-long siege laid by Daesh-inspired terrorists in Marawi City in May 2017.
Daesh is another name for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Middle East-based terror group considered as the most violent international terrorist organization today. ISIS backed local terrorist groups in the siege of the city of Marawi, the Muslim capital city of the country located in the south Philippine island of Mindanao, that killed hundreds of soldiers, policemen and civilians and displaced hundreds of thousands of resident.
“All of us know how the Daesh-inspired Islamic terrorists brought Marawi City to ruins and their remnants continue to sow fear and disrupt peace and development in some parts of southern Philippines,” said del Rosario whose agency is tasked with rebuilding the ruined Muslim city.
“The law provides the necessary power to the government to protect the people and the state while adding more teeth in dealing with the enemies of the state,” Del Rosario, also the housing czar, said in a statement.
The bill, that replaced the Home Security Act of 2007, seeks to sharpen the country’s fangs to curb terrorism, which remains as a major threat to peace and order.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed the anti-terror bill into law on July 3, to give the country more teeth to curb terrorism.
Compared to the anti-terrorist HSA of 2007, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is clawed with harsher provisions that could end two evils that for years rattled peace and order and stalled economic development in the Philippine southern island of Mindanao: the communist insurgency and the violent Moro extremist groups.
The New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the National Democratic Front (NDF), the umbrella of left-leaning groups, continues to sow mayhem and terror in the countrysides of several regions.
Mindanao is also home to several Moro terror groups, including the Maute Group, Abu Sayyaf Gtoup (ASG), the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), Ansarul Khilafah Philippines (AKP) and the local cell of the ISIS. Military said ISIS is expanding operations worldwide, eyeing the Philippines as its province (caliphate) and the center of its terrorist activities in the Southeast Asian region. The most violent terrorist adventure of the local groups, backed by the ISIS, was the 5-month siege of Marawi City.
The newly signed anti-terrorism law provides the necessary power for the government to crush terrorism, Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chairperson Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario said Monday.“The law provides the necessary power to the government to protect the people and the… Read More