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    Phl calls support for its fight vs terrorism

    A PHILIPPINE official on Sunday said he called on the delegates of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (UNGCTS) to support the government’s anti-terrorism law in a statement delivered on June 12 before the United Nations General Assembly.
    Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Affairs Rafael Seguis said he also told the delegates that the Philippines has been in active pursuit of three draft bills on (a) strategic trade management involving dual use of goods, (b) Chemical Weapons Convention, and (3) Biological Weapons Convention.
    “The Philippines has been facing constant threats of terrorism during the past decade… (but) our resolve remains clearer than ever…rather than submit to fear and paralysis, all the more we have become undaunted and determined,” Seguis declared.
    Seguis was in New York when he delivered the Philippine statement during the Fourth Biennial Review of the United Nations Global Counter Terrorism Strategy. He reported on the Philippines’ various accomplishments in combating terrorism since its last report during the Third Review back in 2012.
    He reported on the various rescue efforts by the pertinent authorities of the Philippine Government involving persons abducted and/or held hostage by terrorists in the Philippines, including the recent capture of Khair Mundos a.k.a. Abu Ayman, who is wanted in the United States and has acknowledged to have received funds from Al Qaeda to finance bombings in the Philippines.
    Seguis said the Philippines has been successful in fulfilling the objectives of the Four Pillars of the UNGCTS, with due emphasis given to the recent signing of the Philippines-Indonesia Memorandum of Understanding on Combating International Terrorism, and the partnership with the International Center for Counter Terrorism (ICCT), which developed a National Operation Framework on Counter Radicalization and De-Radicalization (CR/DR).
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