PHL still under state of national emergency on account of lawless violence in Mindanao

“Proclamation No 55, which declares a state of national emergency on account of lawless violence in Mindanao, is still in effect,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement released June 7.

The state of national emergency is in effect along with the Martial Law in Mindanao under Proclamation No. 216 signed May 23, 2017. Martial Law in Mindanao is extended until December 31, 2018.

On September 4, 2016, under Proclamation No. 55, President Duterte proclaimed “a state of national emergency on account of lawless violence, and hereby command the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to undertake such measures as may be permitted by the Constitution and existing laws to suppress any and all forms of lawless violence in Mindanao and to prevent such lawless violence from spreading and escalating elsewhere in the Philippines, with due regard to the fundamental civil and political rights of our citizens.”

Upon arriving from South Korea on June 5, President Duterte said there will be changes in and outside the government.

“There are simply too many crimes and too many – claiming to be this and that,” President Duterte said. “Well, remember that there is – there’s no difference actually between martial law and a declaration of national emergency. So I’ve been warning all. Lahat. I’m warning all including the Human Rights, it’s either we behave or we will have a serious problem again.”

“Ni-warning ko lang kayong mga kriminal, lahat na. Nasa gobyerno, sa labas. I will make radical changes in the days to come. For those offices na hindi talaga ma-control, I will place you under the Office of the President,” he said. “Ako na mismo ang kaharap mo araw-araw.”