President Duterte declares nationwide state of lawlessness

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President Rodrigo R. Duterte has placed the country under a "state of lawlessness" authorizing the police and military to conduct security searches in cars and frisking of individuals in checkpoints.

Duterte clarified the state of lawlessness is not martial law and does not involve the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

Any punitive actions should be in the furtherance of protecting the country to stop terrorism, President Duterte told reporters after an ocular inspection of the blast site early Saturday morning.

Duterte said declaration has something to do with protecting the country and people given his intensified drugs operation,...

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Police authorities lock down Davao City

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SWAT enters bomb site in Davao City. Photo from Twitter/Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJSWAT enters bomb site in Davao City. Photo from Twitter/Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ

Police authorities locked down Davao City after a bomb exploded on Friday night at Roxas night market near Ateneo de Davao University that kills 14 persons and injures almost 60 persons.

Philippine National Police (PNP) XI Director Manuel Gaerlan, however, assured the public that the situation is being handled carefully.

Meanwhile, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte asked for prayers for the victims of the incident.

"Let us pray for those who are being treated in different hospitals and pray for their quick recovery," he said.

He assured the authorities are on top of the incident.

"Right now, we cannot...

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10 dead, 60 hurt in Davao bomb blast

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10 killed as blast rocks night market in Davao City. Photo from CNN Philippines10 killed as blast rocks night market in Davao City. Photo from CNN Philippines

At least 10 persons died and 60 were injured as a bomb exploded around 10 p.m Friday at the Roxas night market near Ateneo de Davao University here.

This was confirmed by Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, who is now in the incident area with President Rodrigo Duterte and Press Secretary Martin Andanar.

Police authorities still need to confirm the total number of casualties but people near the area disclosed they saw at least ten bodies laid on the ground after the explosion. (Lilian Mellejor/PNA)

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15 soldiers killed in war vs ASG - Abella

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A total of 15 soldiers have already been killed in the government’s heightened campaign against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said on Tuesday.

This developed after President Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered the military troops to destroy the ASG.

In a press briefing with Palace reporters, Abella said the number of military men who were killed in the battle against the ASG was based on reports released by the Department of National Defense (DND).

He said the government is going full force in its operations, and the DND is adding five battalions or about 2,500 soldiers for...

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