DOJ hopes to finish this month draft rules on terrorist delisting

Published December 1, 2020, 1:45 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

The Department of Justice (DOJ) hopes to finish within the month a draft of rules on how persons and organizations can seek to remove themselves from the government’s terrorist list.


“We are in the process of crafting the rules,” said DOJ Undersecretary Adrian Sugay on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

“We hope to submit the rules for the ATC’s (Anti-Terrorism Council) consideration within the month,” he added.

Sugay noted that the ATC is scheduled to hold a meeting next week.

“We will try to finish the rules before then,” the undersecretary said.

Last October, the ATC approved implementing rules of and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 that was drafted by the DOJ.

Under the IRR, the ATC will release in its website, the Official Gazette, and in a national newspaper those it has designated as terrorists.

Those in the list may file a request for delisting within 15 days of the publication.

Those whose requests have been denied may appeal again but only after six months.

Once the delisting has been granted, the ATC will publish the names of those delisted in its website, Official Gazette and in a national newspaper.