Today is Sunday, September 23, 2018

Human Security Act of 2007: A Review

By Cheryl Joy D. Dean

A review of Republic Act No. 9372 also known as the “Human Security Act of 2007” was held on October 16, 2007 at the Penthouse Lecture Hall of the U.P. Law Center in Quezon City. The event was conducted by the Institute of Government and Law Reform U.P. Law Center with Atty. Franklin M. Drilon as lecturer.

This anti-terrorism law aims to uphold the State’s policy of protecting 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 the Filipino people, against humanity, and against the law of nations.

RA 9372 envisions great things. But as it turns out during the conference, the law is filled with loopholes that if not remedied might cause more damage to the government specifically its agencies tasked to enforce the law. To quote Atty. Drilon, “This is not an anti-terrorism law but rather an anti-police law.” And as observed by the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), “while well intended, the HSA is one of the most incoherent, disorganized and a disjoined law our Congress has ever passed.”

With this in view, let us all hope for the best…

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