AFP welcomes the approval of Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020’s IRR

Armed Forces of the Philippines (MANILA BULLETIN)

In a press statement on Thursday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines welcomed the approval of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. The approval of the IRR, as per AFP spokesman Major General Edgard Arevalo, would surely empower the military to “run after, assist in the arrest and prosecution,… Continue reading AFP welcomes the approval of Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020’s IRR

House approves bill seeking the inclusion of PH map, West Philippine Sea, Sabah on passports

In a virtual meeting last Thursday, the committee on foreign affairs approved House Bill 6399, a bill seeking the printing of the country’s map – including the West Philippine Sea and Sabah – on passports. Authored by Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, the said substitute bill seeks to amend the Passport Act by… Continue reading House approves bill seeking the inclusion of PH map, West Philippine Sea, Sabah on passports

Lorenzana appeals to Filipinos to give Anti-Terrorism Law a chance

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Amid some concerns with the passage of Republic Act No. 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in a statement on Sunday, appealed to the public to give the controversial measure a chance. Being criticized for its vague and contentious provisions, the anti-terrorism law which repeals the Human Security Act of… Continue reading Lorenzana appeals to Filipinos to give Anti-Terrorism Law a chance

Philippines to maintain a long-standing military pact with USA

The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt anchored off Manila Bay in 2018.Credit...Bullit Marquez/Associated Press

The Philippine government reversed course on Tuesday, saying it would keep a long-standing military treaty with the United States known as the Visiting Forces Agreement, which President Rodrigo Duterte has blasted as unjust. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin made the statement on Twitter on Tuesday, claiming he had informed Washington in a diplomatic message. The… Continue reading Philippines to maintain a long-standing military pact with USA