Anti-Terror Act IRR being drafted by DOJ

Published July 23, 2020, 2:35 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

A Department of Justice (DOJ) team is set to start drafting the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020.


“The DOJ team will meet tomorrow to brainstorm and identify the provisions of the ATA that will need implementing rules and regulations,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra disclosed on Thursday, July 23.

“We will consult with the legal team of the OP (Office of the President), as well as with the secretariat of the ATC (Anti-Terrorism Council), as we go along,” he added.

Guevarra had previously said that the Anti-Terrorism Law does not require an IRR to take effect.

“The promulgation of the IRR is not a condition for the effectivity of the law.” the secretary had said

“Some provisions are self-executing, like the organization of the ATC,” Guevarra added.

On the other hand, the secretary earlier admitted that there “provisions where operational details need to be spelled out or standards clearly defined in the IRR for a proper implementation of the law.”

Because of this, Guevarra has advised law enforcement authorities to wait for the IRR before enforcing the law.

“It will be more prudent for law enforcement agents to await the promulgation of the IRR,” he had said.