After a deadly blast that killed 14 people and wounded around 65 more at a popular night market in Davao City, hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte, the latter placed the country under a “state of lawless violence”.
And for legally good reason!
Duterte considered the bombing an act of terrorism and it was confirmed later when a spokesman of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) claimed responsibility for the atrocity.
Since this act of terrorism is putting the country in peril and the monstrous nationwide problem of illegal drugs and the recent rise in extrajudicial killings have descended into lawlessness as well, what more legitimate reason Duterte needs than to declare a ‘a state of lawlessness’ for the whole country.
For better information about what this declaration is an infograph is shown at this link: http://www.mb.com.ph/infograph-state-of-lawless-violence-explained//
Actually what made the declaration distressful to some by some measure is the fact that it was made by Duterte himself who is known for his firmness and ruthlessness of attitude and behavior.
But then Duterte assured the Filipino people saying: “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 with my specifications,” further stressing that he will not be suspending the writ of habeas corpus.
No less than Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino, dean of San Beda’s Graduate School of Law, said there was no reason to be alarmed by the declaration of a state of lawlessness throughout the country, explaining that the declaration of a state of lawlessness empowers the president to seek the assistance of the Armed Forces and not just the police in controlling incidents of violence.
What this means is that there will be more visible law enforcement authorities in the streets either to conduct searches or set up checkpoints and all is asked is for citizens to cooperate.
I don’t think Duterte is doing this for any other interest than that for the best of the country and its citizens.
“I have this duty to protect the country. I have this duty to keep intact the integrity of our nation,” Duterte said.
It is just very unfortunate that people like Sen. Antonio Trillanes, who himself was once a mutinous soldier who led a failed coup against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, is now belittling and criticizing Duterte’s move which is geared towards fighting illegal drugs, criminality, corruption and promoting peace, order, stability and security of the country.
“The declaration of state of lawlessness is not warranted at this time. What is needed is less big talking and more serious intel work,” said Trillanes.
What a sarcastic, if not an idiotic statement!
If competence, character and balls is what Trillanes is talking about then he should know that he just can’t compare with Duterte.
Trillanes should not underestimate Duterte. The latter, as president, has all the intelligence info he needs, far more greater perhaps than Trillanes could imagine.