Following the deadly bombing incident at the crowdy night market along Roxas Avenue in Davao City, the country’s top executive declares a “state of lawless calamity”. The explosion left 14 fatalities and over 60 persons injury.
President Rodrigo Duterte, in an interview with journalists at the blast site, said soldiers and police activities do more in accordance with the “orchestration of the national government”.
“I may invite uniformed personnel to run the country according to my specifications,” said Duterte.
“Any punitive action that will be taken by the security forces will be in a bid to stop terrorism,” he added.
State of Lawlessness vs Martial Law
Addressing the reports on a possible indication of “martial law”, Duterte countered that the declaration is far different from martial law as there will be “no curfews” and “no suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.” He said tthat e national policy will be in place until he feels that the country “is already safe” from the threat of terrorism and narcotics.
“I am including drugs because of the so many killings unfairly attributed to the police,” he said.
“I have this duty to protect the country. I have this duty to keep intact the integrity of our nation,” Duterte justified.
Not the first time
It is not the first time that such declaration was made and of Davao City being the focal point.
In 2003, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared state of lawlessness after the Sasa Wharf bombing which killed 15 people and 50 injured.