Local Government

Local measures seen to strengthen anti-terror drive

June 13, 2017 By

The Sangguniang Panlungsod is crafting an ordinance that would penalize the manufacture and or distribution of pro-Islamic State propaganda.

The proposed ordinance can also be used to run after individuals, who failed to report ISIS-related activities in their communities, according to Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

He said the draft will be presented to a committee that the SP will form – for finalization – and it will have to submit the finished draft in one month’s time.

The vice mayor said committee hearings would also be held in relation to the draft ordinance within the same period.

“We hope to have it within two to three weeks (from now) or before the month ends,” he said.

Vice Mayor Duterte said under the proposal for the draft ordinance, violators will be fined P5,000 and imprisoned for at least a year.

“We might also ask the BJMP to isolate those who will be caught to prevent them from recruiting further,” he said. BJMP stands for Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

Vice Mayor Duterte said that the council is now also crafting an ordinance that would penalize owners of bags and packages left in public places for a long period of time.

“If you left your bag or package in any public place, you must return immediately to get it because if you arrived after the bomb squad finished checking your things you will be penalized,” he said. “This is to prevent panic and to remind everyone to be always cautious with their things.”

He said that under the second proposed ordinance, individuals using public terminals, wharves and the airport, would have to put a tag on their belongings – which would indicate their full names, address and contact numbers.

Vice Mayor Duterte said they are also studying how to combat the use of fake identification cards by unscrupulous individuals. CIO