Duterte signs state of national emergency proclamation
President Rodrigo Duterte signed a proclamation on Monday declaring a state of national emergency on account of lawless violence, a Palace official said.
Duterte signed the one-page document shortly before leaving for the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Laos, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea told reporters.
He also stressed that terrorism was the main reason for the proclamation. The recent acts of terrorism such as the kidnappings, beheadings and the deadly Davao bombings prompted Duterte to sign the proclamation, he explained.
The proclamation will be put in place as long as the President finds it necessary, Medialdea said.
Duterte declared a state of lawlessness on Saturday, a few hours after the Davao night market bombing late Friday night that killed 14 people and injured dozens.
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