Sen. Lacson wants to allow wiretapping vs drug suspects

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Sen. Ping Lacson wants to legalize wiretapping against cases involving illegal drugs, as well as coups and money-laundering.

Lacson filed Senate Bill 48 to amend Republic Act 4200 or the Anti-Wiretapping Law. Section 3 of RA 4200 allows law enforcers, who have a court order, to use wiretapping in investigating certain crimes.

Lacson said violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, violations of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001, coup d'etat, conspiracy and proposal to commit coup d'etat, are crimes that pose “a grave threat to our nation’s security.”

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Robbery in band, and brigandage or highway robbery are also proposed to be included in the expanded law.

Currently, the law permits wiretapping against cases of treason, espionage, provoking war, disloyalty during war, piracy, mutiny in the high seas, rebellion, sedition, and kidnapping.

Lacson said wiretapping is an effective tool against criminal elements who have wreaked havoc, instability and lack of equanimity in the country.

In February this year, Sen. Grace Poe presented SB 2139, a bill that also seeks to amend the Anti-Wiretapping Law by allowing the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to wiretap suspected drug criminals.