State of Lawless Violence PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 14:04

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

There is nothing to fear about this recent declaration of President Duterte’s  “State of Lawless Violence” for the entire country because the citizens are still guaranteed of no suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus and no Martial Law as announced by Presidential Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo and PNP Chief General Ronald De La Rosa. State of Lawless Violence has been declared so the President can summon the military to perform some police functions in combating rising criminality, drug use and addiction. When will the declaration end?  It depends on President Duterte who can order the lifting of the declaration of a State of Lawless violence if the country does not need it anymore.

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In Zamboanga City, on the first night of the implementation of the State of Lawless Violence last Saturday, there was no impact to the city especially in the city proper barangays, where therer are possible entry points of escaping Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members from Jolo, Sulu’s military offensive. Police presence was not seen and felt. But, cities in the Visayas and Luzon and even Manila, on the first night of the declaration of State of Lawless Violence, police watch was doubled  in city streets even if they are over a thousand kilometers away from Davao, where the bombing killed over a dozen innocent people and injured over 50  others who were enjoying their weekend in a night market and also over a thousand kilometers away from Jolo, Sulu where government is now waging an offensive against the lawless the ASG.  Zamboanga City is known as an area of “spillover” of any untoward developments in Jolo, Sulu and Basilan due to its proximity to these areas, but during the first night of the State of Lawless Violence, city residents have not really felt any action of concern from our local authorities, with at least even with a show of force to our local criminals and thugs who were unafraid to play illegal gambling in many of our barangay neighborhood streets.

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Reports reaching Table Talk is that almost every night big covered cargo trucks are seen going in and out of suspected areas where bodegas for smuggled rice are stored. The implementation of the State of Lawless Violence must not only be for lawless elements who commit crimes against the state but also against criminals who commit economic sabotage, like smuggling. With the combined force of the PNP and AFP working as one in the implementation of the State of Lawless rlements, we see no reason why criminality in all forms will not be stopped, by force if necessary.

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In another development, the nations of Japan and Australia have offered the Philippines military assistance to help fight the ASG. It shoulld be recalled that some of their citizens were also victims of  ASG atrocities in the past. There is no news if our government has accepted the offer but many firmly believe even without Japan’s and Australia’s military assistance, the Philippines Armed Forces and PNP can handle the situation in winning against the ASG. President Duterte also opined that he will hire  fearless mercenaries to fight the ASG and the President mentioned about the “Gurkhas”, a fierce group that fight like barbarians, if I remember right the “Gurkhas” are from Tibet but Malaysia has their own “Gurkhas” in their military. And Malaysia and Indonesia also offered their assistance to fight the ASG.

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Scoop: Law abiding citizens need not fear about this declaration of “State of Lawless Violence” but rather confine themselves with family members in their homes especially during nighttime. Bomb threat for Zamboanga City is still alarming and the suspicion that some ASG members have slipped from military dragnets in Jolo and are now in Zamboanga City is also in our local police alerts and watch list. Better to take precautionary measures that regret afterwards. This time please agree.