After the publication required above shall have been done, the Act shall take effect two (2) months after the elections are held in May 2007.It's a PART-TIME law only that is AUTOMATICALLY SUSPENDED for three months of every election year. This means you cannot commit terrorist crimes during election time. On this first year of its passage it won't even come into effect until June -- six years after it was first promised to allies by the capitulationist President Arroyo (who has paid ransoms to the Abu Sayyaf, the Moro National Liberation Front, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Iraqi Al Qaeda terrorists, the Niger Delta terrorist kidnappers and God only knows who else).
Thereafter, the provisions of this Act shall be automatically suspended one month before and two months after the holding of any election.
This means for example, that the New People's Army can continue to terrorize every Philippine election by demanding that politicians pay large sums of cash for "Permits to Campaign" in areas where they maintain a sinister armed presence, and even large sums of cash for the newest form of communist extortion tactic -- "Permits to Win"!
In this ABSCBN News report, the Philippine National Police reports on Bicol politicians giving in to the extortionists in Red. In just four provinces, the NPA extorted 50 million pesos in such permits to campaign during the 2004 elections. No wonder Joma is living the good life under the enlightened welfare state and protection of the Dutch. To her credit, Loretta Ann Rosales of the Akbayan Party List, spoke out in Congress against the NPA terrorist extortion activities in NPA Extortion Is Alive and Kicking.
This law was worked over pretty good by Aquilino Pimentel and Jamby Madrigal who really put one over Juan Ponce Enrile by introducing so many amendments that in some ways makes the situation worse for the police and military authorities. Daily facing life-and-death struggles with both communist and Islamist terror organizations (the NPA, the Abu Sayyaf, the MNLF/MILF, Jemaah Islamiyah and Al Qaeda), they must now deal with "civil rights protection" provisions of the law, like that P500,000 peso a day FINE for erroneous arrests and incarceration. Of course, considering the fact that the law LIMITS TO THREE DAYS the time a person can be held on suspicion of terrorist activities (even though sponsors of the measure wanted thirty days), this theoretically imposes a 1.5 million peso limit on what could be a bonanza for civil rights lawyers and their clients.
Of course, leftist activists and their Main Stream Media pals have been howling and ululating for the public to arise in outrage over a law that seeks to interdict these organized crime syndicates pushing either a dictatorship of the proletariat or an Islamic theocracy. Though the general public is not biting, I see now that the real target of the propaganda campaign was Congress. The Left and its comrades have certainly delivered the bacon in this dumb, weak and utterly lame legislation.
Automatically suspending the anti-terrorism law for three months around election time strikes me as being not only plain stupid, but exposes the Law itself to mockery and charges of absurdity. The presence of this provision can only be used against the law itself as proof that it CAN be used against the political opposition, as alleged by the opposition and put in the law by the opposition. But who are really going to benefit from such an insane provision? You guessed it!