Philippines president declares state of emergency, lashes out at Obama

PUBLISHED Mon, September 05, 2016 - 7:04am EDT

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a national state of emergency, ordering security forces to suppress "all forms of lawless violence" after a bomb attack killed 14 people at a night market in Davao City. (More)

A statement from the presidency said the armed forces and the national police have been ordered to "suppress all forms of lawless violence" on the island of Mindanao, and to prevent "lawless violence" from spreading elsewhere.

The statement added that the measures by the security forces would be as permitted by the Constitution and the laws of the Philippines, and it pledged to take the measures "with due regard" to fundamental and civil political rights.

The state of emergency will remain in effect until lifted by the president, it said.

Monday's declaration comes just days after a bomb exploded at the Roxas Night Market in Davao City, killing 14 people and injuring 70 others. The bombing took place in Duterte's home town and has been blamed on Islamist militants.

Also on Monday, Duterte lashed out at U.S. President Barack Obama during a press conference, warning Obama not to ask about extrajudicial executions during the upcoming ASEAN summit in Laos, "or son of a bitch I will swear at you," he said.

Human rights organizations have raised alarm over shoot-to-kill orders for police, and more than 2,400 people have been killed in Duterte's anti-drug campaign since he took office just two months ago. "Plenty will be killed until the last pusher is out of the streets," the president said on Monday.

Duterte added that he would not be lectured by Obama on the issue of human rights, saying that the Philippines is no longer a colony of the United States. "I do not have any master except the Filipino people," the president said, as quoted by the Philippine Star.

In fact, the United States should apologize to the Philippines, according to Duterte, who referred to the Philippine-American War at the start of the 20th century.

"America has one too many to answer for the misdeeds in this country," Duterte said, according to the Philippine Star. "Can [Obama] explain the 600,000 Moro massacred in this island? Do you want to see the pictures? Maybe I'll ask him. I'll make it public."








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