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There is no point second guessing President Rodrigo Duterte on his declaration of a state of lawlessness nationwide. In an ambush interview Saturday, Senate President Koko Pimentel said it was a “judgement call” on the part of the President following the “Black Friday” bombing Davao City which killed 16 people and injured 70 others.
Pimentel said the public was better of trusting Duterte on his call and helping him keep the peace and security. “That‘s really the judgement call of the President. The President has more access to reports, intelligence reports, situation reports and high ranking officials sa law enforcement kaya alam niya yung situation sa buong bansa. So sa judgement call ng Presidente, there is a state of lawless violence or lawlessness in the entire country, respetuhin po natin ang kanyang desisiyon,” said Pimentel.
“Tulungan na lang po natin siya, anyway that’s just a declaration so that to put on notice ang military, armed forces at ang buong bansa, na he will start using the military to suppress (and) put an end to lawless violence,” he added.
Pimentel said the first priority was to determine the perpetrators before making conclusions on why they made the attack. “Nabalita sa buong mundo yung explosion so I think the entire world is also looking at our response or reaction. So normal lang po na if we tighten our security measures hindi ba mas good news na yun sa mga bisita natin na banyaga,” said Pimentel.