'Bato' to rights groups: Don't worry about 'state of lawlessness'

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Posted at Sep 04 2016 12:38 PM

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Human rights will be respected amid the government's declaration of a "state of lawless violence," Philippine National Police chief Ronald ''Bato'' dela Rosa guaranteed Sunday.

Dela Rosa said the declaration is only meant to heighten police and military presence in the country following the Friday night explosion that killed 14 people in Davao City.

"The declaration of the state of lawless violence is not designed to impinge on the rights of the people. Hindi ito martial law (this is not martial law)," the top police official said.

"Ibig sabihin lang palakasin ng police or military, 'yung presensya, para to quell 'yung lawless violence na na-observe natin na nangyari." (This only means that police or military presence will be strengthened to quell the lawless violence that we observed.)

President Rodrigo Duterte himself earlier said that the declaration is not tantamount to martial law and has nothing to do with the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

What is 'state of lawlessness'?

The last time a state of lawless violence was declared was in 2003, following the twin bombings that hit the old Davao airport and the Sasa Wharf.

ANC, 4 September 2016