Palace on nat'l emergency: Don't worry, just stay alert

Rose Carmelle Lacuata, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 05 2016 08:58 PM

A photo taken from a mobile phone shows a general view of the site of an explosion at a night market in Davao City, in southern island of Mindanao, late Friday night. Stringer, AFP

MANILA -- A Palace official on Monday said there is no need to worry about President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of state of national emergency on account of lawless violence.

In an interview on DZMM, Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan said the declaration is based on law and practice.

"It's just a clarification on the declaration because it has to be based on practice and law. So ang meron talaga natin is a declaration of national emergency. In the past, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President Estrada issued declarations of national emergency," he said.

He also explained that it is important to explain the reason behind the declaration.

"Unang-una, kailangang sabihin na may national emergency, sasabihing may national emergency dahil may lawless violence," Ablan said.

Ablan, likewise, said that there is no need to worry about the declaration as it is just a "call for everyone to stay alert."

"Ano lang po siya, it's the calling out power of the commander-in-chief, ang ating presidente, commander-in-chief siya, para siyang hinihikayat po niya ang publiko na mag-cooperate with the AFP [Armed Forces and the Philippines] and PNP [Philippine National Police], at sinasabihan rin po ng presidente ang PNP at AFP na, 'o kailangan, visible kayo. Ipakita natin sa mga tao na dapat secured sila.' Ganoon lang po. It's a call. It's a call by the President to everyone, AFP, PNP and the public to stay alert."

Ablan earlier said Duterte signed the proclamation, which commands the PNP and the AFP to "suppress all forms of lawless violence in Mindanao and prevent violence from spreading."

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea also said Duterte signed the one-page proclamation shortly before leaving for the ASEAN Summit. The signed copy will be released to the media on Tuesday.

Medialdea clarified that the spate of terror attacks like kidnappings, beheadings, and the Davao night market bombing prodded Duterte to issue the proclamation.

READ: Duterte signs 'state of national emergency' proclamation