Sen. Hontiveros: AFP & PNP Cannot Run the County Under "State of Lawlessness"


An ally of the Liberal Party, Sen. Risa Hontiveros criticized Pres. Rody Duterte's decision to declare a "state of lawlessness or lawless violence" after an explosion in Davao City that killed at least 14 people and injuring around 60 innocent civilians.



According to Pres. Rody Dutete the "state of lawlessness," is not martial law, but he invited the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the military, and the police to run the country in accordance with the president's specifications.

Most lawmakers and ally of Pres. Rody Duterte in the Upper and Lower House supported the President's call but Sen. Risa Hontiveros had a different view of the President's call.

Sen. Hontiveros released a statement that "Contrary to the President's instructions, they cannot, in any way and in any legal and constitutional sense, run the counry.

The senator explained further that Pres. Duterte's "calling out power" under the Constitution "should be limited in scope."

The "calling out power" refers to Article VII, Section 18 of the Philippine Constitution, which states: "The President shall be the Commander-in-Chief of all armed forces of the Philippines and whenever it becomes necessary, he may call out such armed forces to prevent or suppress lawless violence, invasion or rebellion."

Pres. Duterte's proclamation of "state of lawlessness" according to Sen. Hontiveros "cannot give the military and police exra powers." Sen. Hontiveros also noted that the military and police "still cannot conduct arrests, searches, and seizures without judicial warrants."

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