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Zambo mayor urges passage of anti-terror bill

Zamboanga City (22 August) -- City Mayor Celso Lobregat, in his weekly press conference held this morning, is urging all members of the Congress to pass the Anti-Terrorism Bill to curb terrorism not just in cities, but the whole country in general.

Mayor Celso Lobregat aired his concern after the 3 suspects of the August 10 bombing were allowed to bail themselves for their release.

Lobregat said that without the anti-terrorism bill, authorities couldn't file proper charges. He said the charges would depend on the degree of damage inflicted by the suspect. "We are fortunate that no one was killed on the bombing incidents last August 10. But the suspects could only be charged of multiple attempted frustrated murder and damage to properties and they can bail themselves out. If we have a law against terrorism then much heavier charges can be filed. This will threaten the terrorists," the mayor stressed.

In line with this, Mayor Lobregat has once again expressed his approval on the implementation of the National ID System. He said that the Anti-Terrorism Bill and the National ID System should go hand in hand to help stop terrorism in the country.

Lobregat also said that they are keen on the possibility of implementing a local ID system while the National ID System is still being discussed. "We are looking into the possibility of a local ID system while the National ID System is not yet implemented. But we have to make sure that the information in the local ID of the public should be the same with the National ID," Lobregat said. (PIA) [top]

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