Lorenzana says new anti-terror law will be timely

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MANILA, Philippines—Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday (June 3) said legislation pending in Congress to amend the existing anti-terror law came at the right time as the COVID-19 pandemic opens opportunities for terrorists to strike.

“The bill has been cooking in Congress for the past year,” Lorenzana said at an interview with CNN Philippines.

“We need it now because the threat is very great,” said Lorenzana, without elaborating on the threat.

“This is, to me, is high time that this bill is approved and passed into law,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (June 1) certified the anti-terrorism bill as urgent, which assures its passage by the two chamber…

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