Duterte orders dismantling of all police checkpoints nationwide
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday ordered the dismantling of all police checkpoints nationwide, except in certain instances.
“Except really if it necessary, only if there is specific reason to do it, I am ordering all checkpoints dismantled,” Duterte said in his speech during the launching of the Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City.
He said checkpoints should be conducted only if necessary.
“Pag walang purpose, pampagulo ng buhay ng Pilipino ’yan,” he said.
“Kung ano-ano lang kayo, baka meron baka wala, ’wag ’yan and that’s for the entire country,” he added.
The President placed the country under a state of national emergency following the deadly blast at a crowded market in his hometown Davao City. The bombing killed 15 people and injured dozens more.
The state of national emergency remains in effect until it is lifted by the President.
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