By BIN Staff | 10:01 PM June 07, 2020
Rep. Edgar Chatto

For Bohol 1st district Rep. Edgar Chatto, his “yes” vote to the Anti-Terror Bill would help prosecute those who are helping terrorists including government and law enforcement officials.

He was among the members of the House of Representatives who voted “yes” to the bill on third and final reading last Wednesday, June 3.

“I voted in favor of the bill. I discussed with some local officials and legal minds who were with us while I was Governor of Bohol during the Abu Sayaff incursion on the rigidities of the earlier Human Security Act of 2007 which posed difficulties in the prosecution of cases,” Chatto said in a statement.

He was the governor back then when the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) received reports of the presence of three pump boats, with around 11 heavily armed men, entered Barangay Napo in Inabanga town last 2017.

At least 700 individuals in Inabanga had to leave their homes due to the firefight.

Government troops who relentlessly hunted down 11 bandits, killing all of them.

At the height of the event, Supt. Maria Christina Nobleza was caught with a suspected Abu Sayyaf member Renierlo Dongon after they allegedly tried to drive past a checkpoint in Clarin town during a firefight between state troops and terrorists.

Nobleza was accused of attempting to rescue Abu Sayyaf fighters who are being hunted down by security forces in Bohol province.

“Thus, even the PNP Officer who allegedly attempted to rescue the terrorists after killing 3 AFP & 1 PNP officers can be charged only with crimes under the Revised Penal Code (RPC ), not under the Human Security Act – resistance to arrest & illegal possession of firearms. Thirteen (13 ) years have passed since the Act was approved in 2007, only very few were charged under the law. The conviction is dismal even if terrorism is very much around,” said Chatto.

“Terrorism is a very damaging act which needs a stronger response by law enforcement agencies, ” he said.

HERE’S THE FULL STATEMENT OF REP. CHATTO:

I voted in favor of the bill. I discussed with some local officials and legal minds who were with us while I was Gov of Bohol during the Abu Sayaff incursion on the rigidities of the earlier Human Security Act of 2007 which posed difficulties in the prosecution of cases.

Thus, even the PNP Officer who allegedly attempted to rescue the terrorists after killing 3 AFP & 1 PNP officers can be charged only with crimes under the Revised Penal Code (RPC ), not under the Human Security Act – resistance to arrest & illegal possession of firearms. Thirteen (13 ) years have passed since the Act was approved in 2007, only very few were charged under the law. The conviction is dismal even if terrorism is very much around.

Terrorism is a very damaging act that needs a stronger response by law enforcement agencies.

We agree that basic human rights must be protected at all times and abuse of power by the authorities must be punished with the full force of the law. The bill still has its safeguards.

We hope that this would greatly aid our law enforcers in their campaign against those who seek to harm our country.

By Bohol Island News

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