Philippines Sen. Trillanes calls for stricter regulation of products used in terrorism

Philippines Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has called on fellow senators to pass a measure, which would establish stricter regulations on goods and technology that could potentially be used for terrorism, the senate announced Friday.

Trillanes also sponsored a bill that would facilitate the creation of the National Strategic Goods list, to indicate which items would be put under increased scrutiny.

"Terrorist networks have learned to take advantage of the global economic, information and telecommunications networks in pursuing their objectives," Trillanes said. "Even the goods we use daily can be utilized in the development and production of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). It is for this reason that more countries are recognizing their responsibilities with regard to nuclear security and, more generally, global security against the propagation of WMDs."

As a signatory to Resolution 1540 of the U.N. Security Council, the country is required to have measures that prevent the proliferation of WMDs, which include chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

The proposed measure would establish the Strategic Trade Management Office as the governmental agency that would enforce the measure and monitor activity related to it.

"Without the proper legislation in place that would prevent proliferation of WMD, we risk the destruction of lives and properties and the security of our country, should the same fall in the wrong hands," Trillanes said. "We also risk involving our country in terroristic acts and schemes through the transfer of materials across our borders. Hence, we need to pass this measure."

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