President Rodrigo Duterte declared ‘state of lawless violence’ on Saturday following an explosion at Roxas Night Market in Davao City in Davao City.
President Duterte said that the declaration will help stop terrorism and strengthen the campaign against illegal-drug trade in the country.
“I am declaring a state of lawless violence,” Duterte announced in from of media at the blast site in Davao City.
“It’s not martial law but I am inviting now the armed forces of the Philippines, the military and the police to run the country in accordance to my specification,” he said.
“Any action taken by the security forces will be in furtherance to stop terrorism and I am including drugs because there’s so many killings,” he explained.
“I have this duty to protect the country. I have this duty to keep intact the integrity of the nation. There will be major checkpoints, curfews,” he added.
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