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'State of lawlessness' declared after Philippine blast

Saturday, September 03, 2016 - 01:06

Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte declares emergency measures after a deadly explosion in his home city. Yiming Woo reports.

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A state of lawlessness has been declared in Davao City after Friday's explosion at a market which killed at least 14 people and injured more than 60 others. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte was on a regular visit to the city but wasn't near the site of the blast. He was the city's mayor for more than 20 years. He says the armed forces, military and the police will now run the country on his orders although it's unclear what a "state of lawlessness" would entail. On Saturday morning, residents cleared up the debris from the explosion. Many are scared. (SOUNDBITE)(Filipino) STREET VENDOR, NELVIN DIANSEY, SAYING: "It's dangerous. We're getting traumatised in fear of another explosion happening again. I don't think we'll be selling in this area for now." Duterte has waged war with just about anyone from drugs kingpins and street dealers, to Islamist rebels and corrupt bureaucrats. He scored big points in the opinion polls, but at a risk of making powerful enemies.

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'State of lawlessness' declared after Philippine blast

Saturday, September 03, 2016 - 01:06