MANILA - Malacañang on Tuesday released a copy of the President Rodrigo Duterte's proclamation, declaring a state of national emergency on account of lawless violence in the country.
In the two-page proclamation, Duterte commanded state forces to "suppress all forms of lawless violence in Mindanao and prevent violence from spreading, with due regard to fundamental and civil political rights."
The proclamation shall remain in force until "lifted or withdrawn by the President."
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea earlier said Duterte signed the proclamation shortly before leaving for the ASEAN summit.
Medialdea said the spate of terror attacks like kidnappings, beheadings and the Davao night market bombing prodded Duterte to issue the proclamation.
Medialdea stressed the declaration is not tantamount to martial law and that no curfew is being imposed.
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-- With a report from Dexter Ganibe, DZMM