THE Davao City Council passed on third and final reading on Tuesday, July 18, the “Anti-Terrorist Group Ordinance” that seeks to punish the act of recruitment and membership to local and international terrorist groups.
The ordinance will punish the act of recruiting for and membership to terrorist groups, international or local, such as but not limited to Islamic State of Syria (Isis), Al-Queda, and Maute Group, including those professing support thereto, the manufacture distribution and possession of the propaganda materials, providing penalties thereof and for other purposes.
The ordinance was based on the state policy under the Local Government Code that every LGU "shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those powers necessarily implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate or incidental for its effect and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of general welfare."
Section 3 states that the ordinance is consistent with the Human Security Act or Republic Act 9372, it is a declared policy of the state to protect life, liberty, and property from acts of terrorism, to condemn terrorism as inimical and dangerous to the national security of the country and to the welfare of the people, and to make terrorism a crime against Filipino people.
Those who will violate the ordinance will pay a fine of P5,000 or will be imprisoned within 1 year or both at the discretion of the court.
A continued and consistent intensified education campaign throughout the jurisdiction of the Davao City Government utilizing the tri-media, the barangays, the Department of Education, and other forms of education is also provided for by the ordinance.
The ordinance will take effect 15 days after its publication in two local newspapers of city-wide circulation. The publication shall not by later than seven days after the approval of the ordinance. (KVC)