The state of national emergency in Mindanao will remain even after the end of martial law as the government continues to go after communist rebels and terrorists, Malacañang said Friday (January 3).
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 55 or the State of National Emergency on Account of Lawless Violence in Mindanao will be strictly observed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police “to ensure the maintenance of law and order in all other parts of the country.”
“There remains the communist insurgency to reckon with, as well as there is yet a terrorist organization resurrecting to be crushed,” Panelo said.
He asked for Filipinos’ “usual cooperation” over the state of emergency even as he assured the public that the government will not allow any abuse of their civil and political rights while Proclamation No. 55 is in effect.
Duterte declared a state of national emergency in September 2016 after a bomb attack occurred in his hometown of Davao City.
Panelo said Duterte’s calling out power will remain in effect as long as he “deems it necessary to prevent or suppress lawless violence, invasion, or rebellion.”