Ilocos police chief in hot water for erroneous info on terror law

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    THE chief of police of Batac, Ilocos Norte is in hot water after his office posted erroneous information about the anti-terrorism law that President Duterte signed in July last year.

    On Saturday, the Batac police station said in its Facebook page that one is a terrorist if he or she is “donating or helping relief drives that aren’t government/state-recognized”; “participating in a rally or any movement that can cause a serious risk to public safety”; and “posting, writing, sharing and/or retweeting posts (even memes) related to terrorist activities.”

    The chief of police of Bontoc is Lt. Col. Roger Digmayo.

    Sought for comment on Sunday, PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana said the descriptions given by the Batac police station “are not within the framework of ATL (anti-terrorism law).”

    “(We) will have this referred to the PRO (Police Regional Office) concerned and summon the COP (chief of police) to explain,” said Usana, referring to the Ilocos regional police office.

    Later on Sunday, the Batac police station apologized, also on Facebook, “for the misleading information regarding the Anti-Terror (law) the other day as it was erroneously posted.”