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Malacañang pleads for patience, understanding on checkpoints: Konting abala lang

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What’s a little inconvenience in opening your trunks or agreeing to a body search for the sake of public safety?

Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo is asking the public for more understanding as authorities establish checkpoints throughout the country in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a state of lawlessness nationwide.

“Magkakaroon lang ng mga inconvenience like for instance, kung dating walang checkpoint, maglalagay tayo ng checkpoint. Oh ‘disiyempre medyo hihinto ka, iche-check ka, may inconvenience ka,” said Panelo in a statement

“Pero kailangan iyon sapagka’t malawak nga ang problema natin, hindi mo alam kung iyong nakasakay diyan eh mga terorista o kaya mgadrug lords ‘di ba, mga pushers,” Panelo said

The declaration, he said is aimed at protecting the country “mapangalagaan natin ang kaligtasan ng ating mga kababayan, ginagamitngayon ng Pangulo ang lahat ng sandatahang lakas dito sa ating bansa upang ma-suppress o ma-prevent, o masugpo o mahinto angkalakaran na hindi sumusunod sa batas.”

Palace Spokesperson Ernesto Abella clarified that the president’s declaration of a state of lawlessness is rooted in Article VII Section 18 of the Constitution.

Under Section 18 of said provision, it states that “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.”

He also clarified that the declaration does not involve the suspension of the writ of Habeas Corpus, it is not in any way likened to martial law.