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Philippines' Duterte declares 'state of lawlessness'

Saturday, September 03, 2016 - 00:47

Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte declares a ''state of lawlessness'' in the country after a deadly explosion in his home city of Davao. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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PLEASE NOTE: PART AUDIO QUALITY AS INCOMING ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte declared a "state of lawlessness" on Saturday (September 3) after an explosion in a market killed at least 14 people in his home city of Davao while he was on a regular weekend visit there. Duterte, who ran Davao for more than two decades as its crime-busting mayor, said the explosion late on Friday (September 2) outside a high-end hotel intensified what was an "extraordinary time" in the Philippines, and that the police and military would redouble efforts to crush crime, drugs and insurgency. Duterte was not near the scene of the blast when it happened. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which police said killed 14 and wounded 67. It comes as the uncompromising president wages war with just about anyone from drugs kingpins and street dealers to Islamist rebels and corrupt bureaucrats, scoring big points in opinion polls, but at a risk of making powerful enemies. It was not immediately clear what a "state of lawlessness" entailed. Duterte's office said it "was rooted" in an article of the constitution that puts the president in charge of all armed forces and states that when necessary, he "may call out such armed forces to prevent or suppress lawless violence, invasion or rebellion".

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Philippines' Duterte declares 'state of lawlessness'

Saturday, September 03, 2016 - 00:47