Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana made it clear that government forces will not use the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020 to regulate social media.
This came after Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay said that he wants to use the Republic Act (RA) 11479 or the ATA to regulate social media activities.
“No, the (anti-terrorism law) should not regulate social media. It is not part of its mandate and it would violate freedom of speech and discourse,” said Lorenzana.
Gapay was quoted saying that the AFP would provide input on the development of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the new law, which would include social media regulation.
He added that terrorists now use online platforms to radicalize and recruit members, as well as plan terrorist acts.