- The Davao explosions claimed the lives of 14 people
- President Rodrigo Duterte, to heighten security, declared a state of lawlessness to increase police and military presence in the country
- PNP Chief Police Ronald Dela Rosa reiterated that the declaration was not equal to a declaration of martial law
Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa promised that human rights would be respected during the “state of lawless violence” declared by the government.
“Bato” further explained that the only goal of the declaration would be to increase military and police presence in the country, given the brutal Davao explosions which claimed the lives of 14 people.
"Ibig sabihin lang palakasin ng police or military, 'yung presensya, para to quell 'yung lawless violence na na-observe natin na nangyari," the PNP chief said.
(The declaration is meant to simply amplify police or military presence, which will aid in quelling the violence that we observed.)
He reiterated that the declaration was not martial law.
"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.
President Rodrigo Duterte echoed “Bato’s” statement, saying that the declaration was not equal to martial law and will have nothing to do with the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.
Late Friday night, on September 2, at least 14 people lost their lives after a bomb exploded in a night market in Davao City. More than 60 people were injured.
Rebel group Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility for the bombings.
President Duterte soon after declared a state of lawlessness to ensure the security of the country.