“Suspects’ families will be givenvisitation rights, while visits of legal counsels will be unlimited,” Lacsonsaid. Lacson also explained that the removalof a P500,000 fine for each day a person is wrongfully detained was to notdiscourage the law enforcers from filing serious charges like terrorism. “Even the Armed Forces of thePhilippines are hesitant to file charges using the Human Security Act kasi takot sila pagka na-dismiss ang kaso pamultahin sila ng P500,000 perday of detention,” Lacson said. “Even in the Marawi siege, hindi sila nag-file ng cases in violation of the Human Security Act… Kaya naging virtual dead letter law ang RA 9732. Hindi mai-apply,” added the senator./PN Authorities who will conduct warrantlessarrests need to notify the Court of Appeals, and inform the Commission on HumanRights and a judge who is “nearest the place of arrest” before conductingthe apprehension, he said. The Senate’s approved version of theAnti-Terrorism Act increased the period of detention by nearly 10 fold to 14days from 36 hours to “be at par with other countries,” according toLacson. MANILA – Contrary to the fears of some,Sen. Panfilo Lacson said the newly passed anti-terror bill that allows thewarrantless arrest and two-week detention of suspected terrorists has enoughsafeguards against abuse. “Naiwanantayo ng ibang countries, European, western countries at saka ating neighboring countries dito,” Lacson said. “Ang iniiwasan natin is to make thePhilippines a safe haven for terrorist kasinapakagaan ng ating batas, napakahina.” Lacson said in a media briefing thatthere is legal procedure to be followed, unlike what is being raised byopposition senators Francis Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros, whom he saidearlier that the measure may be used to silence administration critics. “Lahatnaman may legal procedures nasusundin… Naroon lahat ngsafeguards,” Lacson said. Under the measure that was passed by theSenate, suspected terrorists may only be arrested when the crime “has justbeen committed, about to be committed or [is] being committed,” thesenator said.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – Guyana Jaguars captain Leon Johnson has slammed his side’s batting as “woeful” following their 235-run defeat to leaders Barbados Pride last weekend.The hosts were rolled over for a historic low 55 in their first innings and 94 in their second innings as they slumped to a heavy defeat – their third of the season early on the third day at the Guyana National Stadium.“[It was] not the best of performance with the bat,” Johnson lamented to the Guyana Times.“We were not able to put up 100 in either of the innings, so it was a woeful showing with the bat. You must give credit to Jason (Holder) and Kemar (Roach) for the way they bowled, especially in the first innings. “Having said that, I think our bowlers did a good job bowling out Barbados for 174 and 206. We just let ourselves down with the ball, and in the field, where we put down about four catches in the game.”Jaguars’ highest score in the game was an unbeaten 36 from all-rounder Keemo Paul in the second innings, coming when the number eight counter-attacked with the game already lost.Overall, the season has been a poor one batting-wise for the five-time reigning champions, with just two batsmen – Johnson and Chris Barnwell – managing centuries.Both those hundreds came in the same match against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the fifth round in Grenada.Johnson, his side’s leading scorer this season with 472 runs at an average of 36, conceded Jaguars’ batting had not lived up to expectations.“We had set our goal to score a century a game. We got a couple of half-centuries this season, and the conversion has not been great,” Johnson said.Jaguars batting form has cost them dearly this season. Starting the campaign as five-time reigning champions and the only side to win the first class title since the start of the professional era, Jaguars have slumped to third in the standings on 91.8 points, virtually ruling them out of the title race.Barbados Pride top the standings on 134.8 points, with the championship now suspended for the next 30 days because of the coronavirus pandemic.