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BREAKING: SEPT 2, FRIDAY, 11 am - BIG BLAST ROCKS DAVAO CITY, 12 DEAD, 60 INJURED, DUTERTE ALREADY AT THE SITE
[RELATED: 10 killed, 60 wounded in Davao explosion]
[RELATED(2) SEPT 4 -
Death toll in market blast hits 15 ]


SEPTEMBER 3 -Crime scene investigators gather evidence at Davao City's night market where a late night explosion left at least 12 dead. by Pearl Gajunera An explosion rocked a crowded night market at Davao City late Friday night, leaving at least 12 dead and more than 60 injured, authorities confirmed. "We confirm the deaths of at least 12 persons and injuring about 60. We haven't known yet the cause or reason at this stage, but we cannot say yet on what caused the explosion," Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a television interview. Philippine National Police Region 11 Director C/Supt. Manuel Gaerlan however, said that two other civilians died while being treated at a nearby hospital. President Rodrigo Duterte has already arrived at the area and is now conducting a closed door meeting. Witnesses at the area said that a loud explosion was heard at a street massage area at the Roxas Night Market at around 11 PM. Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte said that initial eyewitness reports claim that there were three people seen wearing uniforms of massage therapists, but they cannot confirm yet as to the caused the explosion. The younger Duterte also confirmed that they received confidential information that there are threats to the city two days ago. READ MORE...RELATED, 10 killed, 60 wounded in Davao explosion... RELATED(2), SEPT 4 -Death toll in market blast hits 15...

ALSO: 'NOT MARTIAL LAW' -Duterte declares 'State of Lawless Violence,' hikes military, police presence
[RELATED: Palace explains 'state of lawlessness']


SEPTEMBER 3 -President Rodrigo Duterte early Saturday morning declared a "state of lawless violence" in the country hours after an explosion ripped through a popular night market in Davao City, and killed at least 12 persons and hurt 60 others.
Duterte said the state of lawless violence had nothing to do with martial law, and that the writ of habeas corpus was not suspended. The situation called for a heightened security footing in which Davao City would be locked down and security checkpoints would be setup. "I just might declare a state of lawless violence in this country," Duterte told reporters after meeting security officials for a few hours near the area of the explosion at the Roxas night market. "It's not martial law but I am inviting now the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the military and the police to run the country in accordance with my specifications," he said. Duterte said he was allowing searches particularly of motor vehicles at checkpoints. "Maghinto kayo sa mga checkpoints. If you see a sign and there are soldiers flashing their lights, switch off your headlights, switch on the light inside your cars because I'm authorizing them to search," Duterte said. "So if you do not have anything to hide, I am suggesting that you be liberal enough to understand us because we are trying to cope up with a crisis now," he added. Duterte said the authorities received information of a terrorist attack but could not frisk citizens at the risk of being branded "fascistic."  READ MORE...RELATED, Palace explains 'state of lawlessness'...

ALSO: Duterte to push through with ASEAN trips after Davao blast, top aides say [RELATED: Rody cancels Brunei trip; But will proceed to Laos for ASEAN leaders summit Sept 5]


SEPTEMBER 3 -President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing through with his trip to three southeast Asian countries over the coming week, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said early Saturday morning. GMA News' Joseph Morong posted Andanar's announcement on Twitter after an explosion rocked the Davao City night market on Friday night. The blast killed at least 12 persons and wounding dozens. Duterte's top aide, Christopher "Bong" Go, confirmed to GMA News Online that the trips to Brunei, Laos, and Indonesia will push through as scheduled. The President is scheduled to be in Brunei on September 4 and 5, Laos on September 6 to 8, and Indonesia on September 8 and 9. Duterte was in Davao City for the weekend when the incident happened. The authorities are still investigating the cause of the explosion but checkpoints have been set up around the city. -Trisha Macas/NB, GMA News  THE FULL REPORT.RELATED, Rody cancels Brunei trip; But will proceed to Laos for ASEAN leaders summit...PHOTO: Rody visits blast victim in hospital...

ALSO: MILF rebels condemn Davao blast, offer to help govt
[RELATED: US ready to assist Philippines in Davao blast probe]


SEPTEMBER 3 -Security personnel sit on guard above an Amored Personnel Carrier (APC) along the main street after the explosion at a market in Davao City. Lean Daval Jr., Reuters
COTABATO CITY - Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels, who are engaged in peace talks with the government, condemned on Saturday a bomb attack in Davao City that left scores dead and wounded. At the same time, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) offered to assist President Rodrigo Duterte in whatever way it can. "Kinonkondena namin sa leadership ng MILF yung pagpasabog ng bomba sa lungsod ng Davao. Sapagkat yung pagpasabog ng bomba na nagresulta sa pagkamatay ng maraming tao ay hindi karapat dapat na ginagawa ito ng sino mang tao na matino ang pag-iisip [The MILF leadership condemns the bomb attack in Davao City. This attack, which has resulted in the loss of many lives, should not have been done by someone in the right mind]," MILF Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar said. "We assure President Duterte that the MILF leadership will help, we are willing to help sa aming makakaya makatulong kami sa ano mang paraan na aming maitong [in whatever way we can]," Jaafar told ABS-CBN News by phone. Fourteen people were killed and 67 others were wounded after an explosion hit the Roxas night market in Duterte's hometown on Friday.
The extremist group Abu Sayyaf has claimed responsibility for the attack, which prompted the President to place the country under a "state of lawlessness." THE FULL REPORT. RELATED, US ready to assist Philippines in Davao blast probe...

ALSO PNP Chief Bato: Suspects used improvised bomb in Davao blast
[RELATED: Estrada places entire cityt police force on full alert]


SEPTEMBER 3 -Residents pray at the makeshift memorial at the site of Friday night's explosion in Davao City, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. AP/Manman Dejeto
The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed Saturday night that the bombing which took 14 lives and injured 67 at a night market in Davao City was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED). PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, in a press conference at the Police Regional Office 11, said components of IED found at the blast site were confirmed by the Special Investigative Task Group (SITG) formed to probe the incident. Initial reports showed that the bomb was fashioned from a mortar ammunition. The Davao police are now hot on trail of four "persons of interest," two men and two women, believed to be behind the deadly bombing on Roxas Avenue in Davao City on Friday night. Dela Rosa refused to give further details, saying they are yet to release to the public the cartographic sketch of the suspects. While the Abu Sayyaf Group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, authorities said the "act of owning the explosion" is something they expect from the group. The authorities said that they are still verifying whether the bombing was indeed perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf and are not discounting any factors which could give light to what happened. READ: Abu Sayyaf claim on Davao blast cannot be confirmed yet, authorities say The PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, meanwhile, have placed the entire forces on a nationwide full alert status. FULL REPORT RELATED,  Estrada places entire city police force on full alert...

ALSO: AFP ready for any task in wake of President Duterte’s declaration of ‘state of lawlessness’
[RELATED Sept 3: 'IT WILL TAKE A HUNDRED BOMBINGS TO PUT US DOWN': Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio announced - Roxas Night Market open tonight]


SEPTEMBER 3 -Soldiers await deployment to the war zone against the Abu Sayyaf Group at a military airstrip in Jolo, Sulu, last Thursday. (EPA)
MANILA — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is ready to fulfill any task after President Rodrigo Duterte declared a “state of lawlessness” following the bombing attack in Davao City where 14 people were killed and 60 others were wounded Friday night. “The AFP is prepared to undertake any task that will be issued in regard to the declaration of ‘state of lawlessness’ by the Commander-in-Chief, President Rodrigo Duterte,” AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo told PNA Saturday. Earlier, Duterte declared the “state of lawlessness” in Davao City but expanded it to cover the entire country, authorizing the police and military to conduct security searches in cars and frisk individuals at checkpoints. Duterte clarified that the “state of lawlessness” is not martial law and does not involve the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. Arevalo said the “continuing directive” of AFP Chief-of-Staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya to all military personnel is to be vigilant and ready for any eventuality. READ MORE...RELATED, 'IT WILL TAKE A HUNDRED BOMBINGS TO PUT US DOWN' -Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio: Roxas Night Market open tonight...


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Blast rocks Davao City night market, leaving 12 dead and at least 60 injured


SEPTEMBER 3 -Crime scene investigators gather evidence at Davao City's night market where a late night explosion left at least 12 dead. by Pearl Gajunera

DAVAO CITY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 (MANILA STANDARD) posted September 03, 2016 at 01:21 am by F. Pearl A. Gajunera and John Paolo Bencito - An explosion rocked a crowded night market at Davao City late Friday night, leaving at least 12 dead and more than 60 injured, authorities confirmed.

"We confirm the deaths of at least 12 persons and injuring about 60. We haven't known yet the cause or reason at this stage, but we cannot say yet on what caused the explosion," Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a television interview.

Philippine National Police Region 11 Director C/Supt. Manuel Gaerlan however, said that two other civilians died while being treated at a nearby hospital.

President Rodrigo Duterte has already arrived at the area and is now conducting a closed door meeting.

Witnesses at the area said that a loud explosion was heard at a street massage area at the Roxas Night Market at around 11 PM.

Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte said that initial eyewitness reports claim that there were three people seen wearing uniforms of massage therapists, but they cannot confirm yet as to the caused the explosion.

The younger Duterte also confirmed that they received confidential information that there are threats to the city two days ago.

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From left to right: Presidential Communications Office head Martin Andanar, Presidential Management Staff head Bong Go, Davao City Councilor Nilo Abellera and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte arrive at the blast scene. By Pearl Gajunera

"We received confidential information ... there are texts claiming that there will be attacks in Davao and General Santos," the vice mayor said.

"I cannot exactly say what is the confidential information," he added.

Many of those who were at the area sought refuge at nearby Ateneo de Davao University, prompting a school lockdown.

Those injured and the fatalities, on the other hand, were rushed to the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao.

"There is no exact cause yet on the explosion. The police is still investigating. We won't give any details by now and we want to avoid further anxiety," Abella said.

The younger Duterte said that while a city-wide lockdown following the incident isn't necessary, the Davao City Police Office immediately ordered for night bars to be closed and placing at least 2 checkpoints per station in place.

The blast comes after the police force thwarted a reported assassination plot against President Duterte, who usually flies home to Davao City every weekend.


The night market area of Davao City was hit by an explosion late Friday evening, leaving 10 dead and at least 60 wounded, according to presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella. by Pearl Gajnuera.

The Islamist terror group Abu Sayyaf on late Wednesday night also vowed to wage a war against the President.

The incident happened just days before Duterte makes his first foreign trip before the Association of South East Asian Nations summit at Vientiane, Laos as the country's new head of state.


DAVAO VICE MAYOR PAULO DUTERTE

The younger Duterte, meanwhile, appealed for prayers following the incident.

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10 killed, 60 wounded in Davao explosion By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 3, 2016 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0


Responding rescuers rush dozens of injured individuals following a blast at a night market in Davao City, Philippines. (Photo/JBhoy Gonzales SJ)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A powerful blast ripped through a crowded public market in this city before midnight last night, killing 10 people instantly and leaving more than 60 others wounded.

The blast occurred in the massage area of the popular Roxas night market, which was packed with people relaxing at the end of the workweek in bars, massage parlors and roadside food stalls.

Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, who is acting mayor in lieu of his sister Sara, ordered establishments in the market temporarily shuttered as the area was cordoned off by police and a lockdown was ordered in the city.

The blast occurred while President Duterte is at his home in this city.

Authorities still have to establish if the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device or by a liquefied petroleum gas tank.

Witnesses said they heard a loud explosion and saw smoke. A masseuse said the blast appeared to have come from a chair.


Wounded were rushed to the San Pedro Hospital and the Southern Philippines Medical Center for treatment.

The Davao Police Regional Office chief said up to 12 people might have been killed in the blast.

The wounded were rushed to different hospitals, with many brought to the Southern Philippines Medical Center.

Panicked people rushed to the nearby Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) campus, where authorities also ordered a lockdown.

The ADDU advised students inside the campus to stay calm as it assured them of their safety.

“The ground floor of the community center is currently serving as the clinic. Students and victims may seek first aid help there,” ADDU said in its official Twitter account.

“It is highly advisable to stay indoors, and avoid going to crowded public spaces such as malls and parks to be safe,” it added.

The blast occurred following President Duterte’s order to the military to crush the Abu Sayyaf.

On March 4, 2003, a bomb exploded at a waiting shed at the Davao International Airport, killing 21 people and leaving about 145 people wounded. A month later on April 3, the city’s Sasa Wharf was also bombed, leaving 17 dead and 56 wounded.

The Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility for the airport attack. Several members of the Abu Sayyaf and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front were later apprehended in connection with the bombings.

Hours after the wharf bombing, three mosques in the city were bombed by masked men. – With Janvic Mateo

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Death toll in market blast hits 15 By Edith Regalado and Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 4, 2016 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0


A photo from Twitter account of Fr. Jboy Gonzales of Ateneo de Davao University shows a SWAT team securing Roxas market where the explosion occurred.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – In the wake of a deadly bomb attack at a popular night market here on Friday night, President Duterte placed the nation yesterday under a state of lawlessness and declared he may authorize security forces to “run the country according to my specifications.”

But he made clear a state of lawlessness is not martial law as there would be no curfews or suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

The explosion Friday night at the Roxas night market killed 15 people and wounded more than 70 others.

Terror group Abu Sayyaf immediately claimed responsibility for the attack carried out in the President’s home province.

“There is violence. This is terrorism,” the President told reporters after visiting the blast site at around 4:30 a.m. yesterday.

“Any punitive action that will be taken by the security forces will be in a bid to stop terrorism,” the President said.

Under a state of lawlessness, Duterte said police and soldiers would be authorized to conduct searches in accordance with the “orchestration of the national government.”

2003 UNDER GLORIA ARROYO BOMBINGS OF DAVAO AIRPORT

It was not the first time Davao City was placed under a state of lawlessness. Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo made the same declaration in 2003 after bombings at the Davao airport terminal and the Sasa Wharf.

Arroyo’s declaration paved the way for the establishment of the Army-led Task Force Davao, which is now an integral part of the security component of the Davao City local government unit.

Duterte said a state of lawlessness would be in effect “until such time I say it’s time to lift it.”

“I am including drugs because of the many killings unfairly attributed to the police. I have this duty to protect the country. I have this duty to keep intact the integrity of our nation,” the President said.

“That binds everybody,” he added.

The President was staying in the city over the weekend in preparation for his scheduled flight today to Brunei – his first foreign trip as president. The trip has been canceled.

“We have to confront the ugly head of terrorism,” Duterte said. “We will take this as a police matter about terrorism.”

He insisted there was no failure of intelligence on the part of the government as they had prior information on possible reprisal by the Abu Sayyaf, which has reportedly lost dozens of its members due to intensified military offensive in Sulu.

Earlier, the military reported losing 15 soldiers in clashes with the terror group in Sulu.

“We were forewarned. We were ready and all of the commanders are here, even (Nicanor) Faeldon of the Bureau of Customs and the intelligence heads are here,” he said.

Aside from Faeldon, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) director Alex Paul Monteagudo was also in Davao with the President.

“Unfortunately, we cannot frisk or order people to stop because it would be fascistic. That is the price of being in a democratic state,” he said.

There was a lockdown in Davao City as security personnel continued their hunt for the perpetrators of the terror attack at the Roxas market.

Hours before the explosion Friday, the President attended the inauguration of the Davao International Container Terminal (DICT).

While urging the people to remain calm, Duterte said they should also be vigilant.

Not unique to Phl He noted terrorism of such magnitude is not unique to the country, as developed and powerful nations such as the United States and Russia had been targets of terror attacks.

“Terrorism abounds everywhere… in the US, in Russia,” he said. “We’ll see each other in Laos,” he said, apparently referring to his bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Laos on Sept.6-8 with US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Duterte stressed his declaration of a state of lawlessness would address not only the latest terror attack but also the drug menace and summary killings – issues that he claimed have evolved into full crisis.

“There is a crisis in this country involving drugs, EJK (extra judicial killings) or we say killings, there seems to be environment of lawlessness. Lawless violence,” he said.

With a state of lawlessness in effect, Duterte said more military and police checkpoints may be set up across the country.

“There will be checkpoints. I believe they will be allowed to do that,” he said. “I leave it to the police and the military” to do what needs to be done “to suppress the problem.”

He assured the public the government is on top of the situation. “I said, government is here with you. As much as humanly possible, we will protect everybody, we have very limited soldiers and policemen so I suggest that the citizens also do their part on being vigilant,” he said.

After some confusion over the coverage of the President’s declaration, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella clarified the declaration covers the entire country.

“Due to the heightened security issues the coverage of the state of lawlessness will include both Mindanao and the rest of the nation,” Abella said.

“We need to be cautious. This is related to security issues,” he added.

President Duterte is allowed under the Constitution to explore options for addressing lawlessness and violence, Abella said.

The President’s declaration of a state of lawlessness is justified under Article VII Section 18 of the Constitution.

Sec.18 allows the president to “call out” the armed forces “whenever necessary” to “prevent or suppress lawless violence, invasion or rebellion.”

“The declaration is limited, such that he can only call out the armed forces to suppress the lawless violence,” Abella said in a separate statement.

He also emphasized the declaration is different from martial law. “It is a different case from the existence of invasion or rebellion. Only if there is invasion or rebellion, and when public safety requires it, can he suspend the writ of habeas corpus or declare martial law,” the spokesman said.

“In the spirit of unity and love of country let us remain alert to the activities of those who wish to create chaos and prayerfully agree for peace to reign in the land,” he added.

“It takes a courageous and united people who complain less and do more to build the nation we dream of and deserve,” he said.

“We ask everyone to cooperate. When passing a check point, let us turn off our headlights and turn-on the light inside the vehicle to allow our law enforcers to perform their jobs,” Abella said.

“It is for our own safety. The government is doing its best but the unity and cooperation of everybody is necessary to fight the terrorists and to cleanse the country of criminality,” he said.

Not state sponsored

In a press briefing at Camp Crame, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa squelched insinuations the Davao blast was state sponsored to justify martial law.

“That claim is hurting us. The President loves Davao City so much. He can’t do that. We have enough heartache already. There were several bombings in Davao City in the past since I became a policeman and it pained us when these blasts occurred. To accuse the blast was state sponsored, that’s very unfair accusation. I myself am worried each time I hear about that. I am sorry,” Dela Rosa said.

“We assure the public of the readiness of the PNP in addressing any threat of this nature and thwarting any attempt by threat groups to sow fear and anxiety among our people,” he stressed.

On possible lapse in intelligence, De la Rosa said mistakes happen and that even the Central Intelligence Agency had failed many times to forewarn the US government of terror attacks.

He stressed security in Davao City had been tightened even before the Friday blast.

“All entry and exit points in all three to four major thoroughfares were sealed by Task Force Davao but still the perpetrators were able to slip past the security mantle as they could always use the city’s long shorelines in carrying out their evil deeds,” De la Rosa said.

As soon as Duterte declared a nationwide state of lawlessness, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the PNP went on full alert.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno, for his part, appealed for calm and urged the public to cooperate with authorities.

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“Please avoid places of public convergence and please bear with us while our soldiers and our policemen are performing their mandated duties,” Sueno in a radio interview said.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that while they had anticipated a terror attack by the Abu Sayyaf, they were not able to pinpoint exactly when and where it would occur.

“I have directed all commands of the AFP to be on high alert, especially in urban centers for possible other terrorist acts. The Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) in Davao City will also aid in gathering intelligence information and in conducting investigation to get to the bottom of this unfortunate incident,” Lorenzana said.

“Any group or individual who perpetrated this act... they will be made to answer for this dastardly crime,” said AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla.

“Once again we appeal for cooperation of the public as we tackle this affront to our democracy. We ask our people to bear with us as we dutifully but courteously conduct our check points and increase our presence in some areas. Your soldiers are there to ensure that general public will be safe and that no criminals or terrorists lurk in our streets to perpetrate vicious acts,” Padilla said.

AFP chief Gen. Ricardo Visaya has ordered area commanders to coordinate with their counterparts in the PNP in keeping peace and order.

“We are calling for vigilance among our people. That is our first line of defense and the ultimate measure to attain collective security.” – Jaime Laude


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'NOT MARTIAL LAW' Duterte declares 'state of lawless violence,' hikes military, police presence Published September 3, 2016 4:47am

President Rodrigo Duterte early Saturday morning declared a "state of lawless violence" in the country hours after an explosion ripped through a popular night market in Davao City, and killed at least 12 persons and hurt 60 others.

Duterte said the state of lawless violence had nothing to do with martial law, and that the writ of habeas corpus was not suspended.

The situation called for a heightened security footing in which Davao City would be locked down and security checkpoints would be setup.

"I just might declare a state of lawless violence in this country," Duterte told reporters after meeting security officials for a few hours near the area of the explosion at the Roxas night market.

"It's not martial law but I am inviting now the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the military and the police to run the country in accordance with my specifications," he said.

Duterte said he was allowing searches particularly of motor vehicles at checkpoints.


Duterte: Martial Law only as an 'extreme option'. He dispelled notions of the state of lawless violence repressing civil liberties.

"Maghinto kayo sa mga checkpoints. If you see a sign and there are soldiers flashing their lights, switch off your headlights, switch on the light inside your cars because I'm authorizing them to search," Duterte said.

"So if you do not have anything to hide, I am suggesting that you be liberal enough to understand us because we are trying to cope up with a crisis now," he added.

Duterte said the authorities received information of a terrorist attack but could not frisk citizens at the risk of being branded "fascistic."

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"They gave us the warning. Not only in Jolo, but in other places. We were forewarned, we were ready," Duterte said, noting that his top law enforcement and intelligence people were in Davao City for that reason.

"Unfortunately, we cannot frisk or order people to stop and search because the could be fascistic. Then that is not a democracy anymore. That is the price of being a democratic state," he added.

Duterte dispelled notions of the state of lawless violence repressing civil liberties.

"Any action at all taken by the security forces will be in furtherance to stop terrorism. And I am including drugs because there are so many killings unfairly attributed to the police," Duterte said.

"I have this duty to protect the country, keep intact the integrity of the nation," he explained.

The president also made it clear that citizen's movements would not be controlled, nor would there be random searches, as these would be "fascistic."

"Government is here with you, as much as humanly possible. We will protect everybody," assured Duterte.

He also called on citizens to be vigilant and cooperate with the security checkpoints.

The president added that Davao City was safe, and that the explosion was a police matter with investigators exploring several leads on who was behind the bombing.

Duterte would not reveal any other details on the leads, though he did say that there had been a threat of reprisal from the Abu Sayyaf because of the military operations against the group.

He also floated the possibility that another terror band, the Maute group, and even drug gangs, could be behind the bombing. — DVM/NB, GMA News

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Palace explains 'state of lawlessness' By Kristine Daguno-Bersamina (philstar.com) | Updated September 3, 2016 - 12:45pm 68 306 googleplus0 0


Police officers stand beside bodies of victims after an explosion at a night market that has left at least 14 people dead and wounded several others in Davao city, Philippines late Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. AP/Manman Dejeto

MANILA, Philippines — What is a "state of lawlessness"?

Malacañang answered the question on Saturday after President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a "state of lawlessness" nationwide following a deadly blast in Davao City that killed at least 14 people and wounded 67 others.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a statement, said Duterte's declaration is rooted in Article VII Section 18 of the Constitution.


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The provision states that the president as the commander-in-chief of all Philippine armed forces "may call out such armed forces to prevent or suppress lawless violence, invasion or rebellion" if necessary.

In this case, the president called out the military to suppress lawless violence.

Abella said that it is a different case when dealing with invasion or rebellion.

"Only if there is invasion or rebellion, and when public safety requires it, can he (Duterte) suspend the writ of habeas corpus or declare martial law," Abella said.

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In suspending the writ of habeas corpus, the military can make arrests without court intervention. This was one of the characteristics of the declaration of martial law in the Philippines in 1972 by President Ferdinand Marcos.

Saying the writ is not suspended under a "state of lawlessness," Abella urged the public to be vigilant as military and police forces went on full alert following the blast.

"In the spirit of unity and love of country let us remain alert to the activities of those who wish to create chaos and prayerfully agree for peace to reign in the land," Abella said.

"It takes a courageous and united people who complain less and do more to build the nation we dream of and deserve," he added.


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Duterte to push through with ASEAN trips after Davao blast, top aides say Published September 3, 2016 2:28am

President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing through with his trip to three southeast Asian countries over the coming week, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said early Saturday morning.

GMA News' Joseph Morong posted Andanar's announcement on Twitter after an explosion rocked the Davao City night market on Friday night. The blast killed at least 12 persons and wounding dozens.

Duterte's top aide, Christopher "Bong" Go, confirmed to GMA News Online that the trips to Brunei, Laos, and Indonesia will push through as scheduled.

The President is scheduled to be in Brunei on September 4 and 5, Laos on September 6 to 8, and Indonesia on September 8 and 9.

Duterte was in Davao City for the weekend when the incident happened.

The authorities are still investigating the cause of the explosion but checkpoints have been set up around the city. -Trisha Macas/NB, GMA News

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Rody cancels Brunei trip; But will proceed to Laos for ASEAN leaders summit (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 4, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


President Duterte visits one of the victims of the night market explosion at a hospital in Davao City yesterday.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Duterte cancelled yesterday his state visit to Brunei scheduled for today and tomorrow.

He will, however, proceed to Laos to attend the 49th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders’ Summit.

The President’s decision came after the bomb attack that rocked the Roxas night market here which left 15 people dead and 71 others wounded.

The President is supposed to meet with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and the Filipino community today in Bandar Seri Begawan in the first leg of his first foreign trip as the new Philippine president.

Filipinos working in Brunei were hoping to meet the President this afternoon at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.

The President said he will push through with his official trip to Vientiane, Laos for the ASEAN Summit from Sept. 6 to 8 and then proceed to Jakarta, Indonesia for a state visit from Sept. 8 to 9.

The Department of Foreign Affairs earlier said that while in Laos, Duterte will formally accept the chairmanship of the ASEAN for 2017, with the theme and logo to be unveiled during the summit.

Meanwhile, presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo told Radyo ng Bayan that Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will be designated as the caretaker of the government when President Duterte attends the ASEAN summit.

Business as usual

For his part, Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said President Duterte should go to Laos as planned because skipping the ASEAN event might give the impression that terrorists have succeeded in grounding the President.

“If he goes to Laos as planned, then the President is heeding his own call that terrorism should not disrupt our daily lives,” Recto said.

He warned that “any cancellation of the President’s debut in the world stage would globalize the fallout from Friday night’s market explosion as terrorists would surely seize the free publicity and brag that they have effectively detained the President.”

The President will be meeting with world leaders including United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Laos.

“We need him there to assure the world, especially investors, tourists and businessmen, that while we have been hit by terrorism, government is on top of the situation and everything is under control,” Recto said.“– Edith Regalado, Marvin Sy, Christina Mendez


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MILF rebels condemn Davao blast, offer to help govt Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News Posted at Sep 03 2016 05:18 PM


Security personnel sit on guard above an Amored Personnel Carrier (APC) along the main street after the explosion at a market in Davao City. Lean Daval Jr., Reuters

COTABATO CITY - Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels, who are engaged in peace talks with the government, condemned on Saturday a bomb attack in Davao City that left scores dead and wounded.

At the same time, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) offered to assist President Rodrigo Duterte in whatever way it can.

"Kinonkondena namin sa leadership ng MILF yung pagpasabog ng bomba sa lungsod ng Davao. Sapagkat yung pagpasabog ng bomba na nagresulta sa pagkamatay ng maraming tao ay hindi karapat dapat na ginagawa ito ng sino mang tao na matino ang pag-iisip [The MILF leadership condemns the bomb attack in Davao City. This attack, which has resulted in the loss of many lives, should not have been done by someone in the right mind]," MILF Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar said.

"We assure President Duterte that the MILF leadership will help, we are willing to help sa aming makakaya makatulong kami sa ano mang paraan na aming maitong [in whatever way we can]," Jaafar told ABS-CBN News by phone.

Fourteen people were killed and 67 others were wounded after an explosion hit the Roxas night market in Duterte's hometown on Friday.

The extremist group Abu Sayyaf has claimed responsibility for the attack, which prompted the President to place the country under a "state of lawlessness."

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US ready to assist Philippines in Davao blast probe By Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated September 3, 2016 - 1:52pm 23 4531 googleplus1 0


US President Barack Obama will personally extend his condolences to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the ASEAN meeting in Laos next week, the White House said on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. AP/File photo

MANILA, Philippines — The United States on Saturday expressed its condolence to families of the victims of the blast that ripped through a market in Davao City on Friday night, offering its hand in the probe.

In a statement released by the White House, National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price said the US "stands ready to provide assistance to the investigation" into the cause of the explosion.

"The United States offers deep condolences to the families and other loved ones of the victims of the explosion in the Philippines' Davao City, and Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured," Price said.

Friday night's blast in President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown killed at least 14 people and injured scores of others. Duterte afterward declared a "state of lawlessness" extending the authority of state forces to search suspicious individuals.

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Price said American President Barack Obama will offer his personal condolences to Duterte next week on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Vientiane, Laos next week.

Duterte, meanwhile, canceled his trip to Brunei scheduled for Sunday that was supposed to precede his trip to Laos.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and those hurt earlier on Saturday.


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PNP Chief Bato: Suspects used improvised bomb in Davao blast By Kristine Daguno-Bersamina (philstar.com) | Updated September 3, 2016 - 10:17pm 8 346 googleplus1 0


Residents pray at the makeshift memorial at the site of Friday night's explosion in Davao City, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. AP/Manman Dejeto

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed Saturday night that the bombing which took 14 lives and injured 67 at a night market in Davao City was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED).

READ: At least 14 killed, 67 others hurt in Davao blast

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, in a press conference at the Police Regional Office 11, said components of IED found at the blast site were confirmed by the Special Investigative Task Group (SITG) formed to probe the incident.

Initial reports showed that the bomb was fashioned from a mortar ammunition.

The Davao police are now hot on trail of four "persons of interest," two men and two women, believed to be behind the deadly bombing on Roxas Avenue in Davao City on Friday night.

Dela Rosa refused to give further details, saying they are yet to release to the public the cartographic sketch of the suspects.

While the Abu Sayyaf Group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, authorities said the "act of owning the explosion" is something they expect from the group.

The authorities said that they are still verifying whether the bombing was indeed perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf and are not discounting any factors which could give light to what happened.

READ AS OF SEPT 3: Abu Sayyaf claim on Davao blast cannot be confirmed yet, authorities say

The PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, meanwhile, have placed the entire forces on a nationwide full alert status.

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Estrada places entirepolice force on full alert Written by Pat C. Santos Sunday, 04 September 2016 00:00


Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada on Saturday placed the city police force and all emergency and security units in full alert after the explosion in Davao ...

With the infamous Rizal Day bombings in December 2000 still fresh in his mind, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada yesterday placed the entire city police force and all emergency and security units in full alert following the bombing in Davao City that killed 14 people.

Estrada directed Manila Police District (MPD) Director Joel Coronel to tighten security around the capital city, the national government’s seat of power in Malacañang, as he condoled with the families of the 14 people killed in the explosion.
“Here in Manila, we have doubled our security and contingency measures to protect the safety of our constituents,” Estrada said.

“To the thousands of Manileños, remain calm but be vigilant at all times,” he added as he called on the local populace to report to authorities any suspicious individuals or activities in their neighborhoods.

Estrada also expressed sympathy to the families of the victims of the Davao bombing which the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) took responsibility of.

“Terrorism is a terrible thing, a great threat to civilization. It saddens me that innocent lives are taken by these lawless, Godless terrorists. Nothing, nothing ever justifies terrorism,” the Manila mayor said.

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Estrada specifically directed the 4,500-strong MPD to implement more stringent security measures and 24-hour tight watch on public places in Manila, such as stations of Light Rail Transit-1 (LRT-1), hospitals, schools, shopping malls, marketplaces, bus terminals, ports and places of worship.

Upon hearing of the Davao blast in the news, Estrada said it reminded him of the so-called Rizal Day bombings on December 30, 2000 where five bombs were simultaneously set off around Metro Manila, two of which were at Plaza Ferguson in Ermita and inside an LRT coach at Blumentritt station in Manila which claimed the most fatalities. At least 22 people were killed that day.

Estrada was then the President when the terrorist attacks were carried out by suspected Muslim extremists. Nine months earlier, he had declared an all-out war against Moro Islamic Liberation Front following a series of terrorist attacks in Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Norte and Cagayan de Oro City, which killed 36 civilians.


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AFP ready for any task in wake of President Duterte’s declaration of ‘state of lawlessness’ by Philippines News Agency September 3, 2016 Share159 Tweet0 Share3 Email0 Share206 image:


Soldiers await deployment to the war zone against the Abu Sayyaf Group at a military airstrip in Jolo, Sulu, last Thursday. (EPA)

MANILA — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is ready to fulfill any task after President Rodrigo Duterte declared a “state of lawlessness” following the bombing attack in Davao City where 14 people were killed and 60 others were wounded Friday night.

“The AFP is prepared to undertake any task that will be issued in regard to the declaration of ‘state of lawlessness’ by the Commander-in-Chief, President Rodrigo Duterte,” AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo told PNA Saturday.

Earlier, Duterte declared the “state of lawlessness” in Davao City but expanded it to cover the entire country, authorizing the police and military to conduct security searches in cars and frisk individuals at checkpoints.

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

Arevalo said the “continuing directive” of AFP Chief-of-Staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya to all military personnel is to be vigilant and ready for any eventuality.

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He said the AFP condoles with the families of the victims of the explosion and that the Davao City-based Eastern Mindanao Command is helping its police counterparts restore normalcy by securing the area and assisting medical responders attend to the victims.

“The reports about the explosion are still sketchy. We call for sobriety and for the people to stay calm and refrain from any speculation so as not to exacerbate the situation,” he added.

At about 10 p.m. Friday, an explosion of a still undetermined origin rocked the night market on Roxas Ave. at the corner of Padre Gomez St., Davao City, killing 14 and injuring 60 others.

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the blast could be the handiwork of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), which has been taking heavy losses in the ongoing military operations in Sulu for the past weeks.

“We are closely monitoring the situation. While nobody has come up to own the act, we can only assume that this was perpetrated by the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf that has suffered heavy casualties in Jolo in the past weeks,” he added.

“We have predicted this and has warned our troops accordingly but the enemy is also adept at using the democratic space granted by our Constitution to move around freely and unimpeded to sow terror,” he said.

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'IT WILL TAKE A HUNDRED BOMBINGS TO PUT US DOWN' -Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio: Roxas Night Market open tonight Published September 3, 2016 8:18pm


DAVAO. The Roxas Night Market is once again filled with economic activities after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio ordered its reopening last Saturday. (Christiam Mark Lim)

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said the city's Roxas Night Market will open Saturday night despite the deadly bombing that left 14 people dead and more than 60 others injured.

"We both agree, the President and I, sa pag-uusap namin ni [Presidential Management Staff Secretary] Bong Go , na business will continue for Davao City and the night market will open tonight," Mayor Duterte told 24 Oras in an interview, which aired before 7 p.m.

The mayor had just led a memorial for the victims of the Friday night blast on Roxas Avenue.


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She said that Davao City is "standing up now, not tomorrow, but right now" because they believe that the "measure of success of terrorism is how long a victim stands up" after an attack.

"It will take a hundred bomb incidents in Davao City to put us down," Mayor Duterte said.

She said that based on the latest count by the authorities, a total of 67 people were injured in the blast.

She added that based on initial results of the post-blast investigation by the police, an improvised explosive device was used in the attack.

Mayor Duterte also said that he had been informed by Go through text that the bombing was a retaliatory attack by the Abu Sayyaf Group.

The military had deployed 7,000 troops to Sulu as it implements President Duterte's order to "destroy" the bandit group.

The mayor said that her office and the city police have been informed of the possibility of an attack by the Abu Sayyaf as early as August. She added that the threat from the bandit group increased after the all-out offensive by the military.

On the spot inspection

During the interview, Mayor Duterte said that all high-value targets in the city are being secured by the police force and Task Force Davao.

She said "people can still come in and out" of the city, but they should expect a heavier presence of policemen on the streets and stricter inspections.

She added that the police and military in the city have been ordered to conduct on the spot inspections on suspicous individuals.

"'Pag may pinagduduhan na tao, ang dala niya, puwede na nilang i-search na. Kung wala naman itinatago ang tao, we expect them na papayag na," she said. —ALG, GMA News


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