President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation declaring a ‘State of National Emergency on Account of Lawless Violence,” Palace officials have confirmed Monday.
In an interview in Davao City, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said the President signed the one-page proclamation shortly before leaving for the ASEAN Summit in Laos.
Medialdea said that the spate of terror attacks like kidnappings, beheadings and finally the Davao night market bombing prodded the President to issue the proclamation.
He also stressed it is not martial law, no curfew is being imposed and there is no timeline for its implementation.
“The President will decide until...