IT is unfortunate that some quarters use the Davao City blast that left 14 people dead and 67 wounded to scare the public.
A few days after the bombing, President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared a state of national emergency on account of lawless violence in Mindanao, the so-called “Land of Promise.”
But Palace officials were quick to assure the people that the state of emergency proclamation is not akin to martial law, as the writ of habeas corpus is not suspended.
Even lawmakers, including neophyte Leyte 1st District Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez, said Duterte will not abuse his power in protecting the country from its enemies.
Definitely, the hard-hitting Chief Executive from Mindanao will respond to the deadly bombing with justice and not violations of human rights as claimed by certain sectors.
The lady lawmaker from Leyte, wife of ex-Rep. Martin G. Romualdez, said that in the midst of tragedy, there is no place for hatred and politics, calling on everybody to stop the “blame-game.”
What the victims and their loved ones need now, said Ms. Romualdez, are support, comfort and sympathy.
For her part, former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said the people should trust Duterte in the implementation of “state of lawlessness.”
Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu, on the other hand, said: “I don’t see anything irregular if soldiers and police are authorized to conduct searches in accordance with the guidelines of the national government.”
In fact, the 1987 Constitution allows the President to call on the armed forces to prevent or suppress lawless violence.
With a peaceful community and the people’s rights intact, the public is assured of the speedy implementation of various socio-economic development projects of the government.