By Karen Lema , Martin Petty. The law grants security forces sweeping powers to act to fight militants, while legal experts say broad articles could allow discriminatory enforcement, privacy infringements and suppression of peaceful dissent, including on social media. His opponents fear a crackdown on challengers to his popular autocracy before he leaves office in , among them journalists, lawmakers, priests and activists seeking his international indictment over thousands of drug war killings. The law creates an anti-terrorism council appointed by the president, which can designate individuals and groups as terrorists and detain them without charge for up to 24 days. It allows for 90 days of surveillance and wiretaps, and punishments that include life imprisonment without parole.
Overview: The Philippines continued to make progress against terrorism in , a period that included the orderly transfer of power through a fair and free election. The emergence of ISIS-affiliated extremist groups, persistent kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf Group ASG , attacks on government forces, and bombings, all indicated that domestic and international terrorism remained a serious problem. Terrorist acts included criminal activities designed to generate revenue, such as kidnapping for ransom, extortion, and bombings for hire.
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