De Lima calls for public vigilance to protect civil rights with nation under a state of lawlessness

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dejtingsidor bra While deferring to the President’s judgement in placing the entire country under a state of lawlessness, Sen. Leila de Lima on Sunday called for public vigilance to protect civil rights with the military already authorized to undertake law enforcement operations.

Humlebæk In a statement, De Lima, among President Rodrigo Duterte’s most vocal critics, said the public should be wary of any abuse while the military is under expanded authority in the wake of the blast in Davao City Friday night, which claimed 14 lives.

damer i oslo “While it is for the President to decide what powers are needed to respond to the current situation, it is also for the people to be vigilant that the government response to the crisis does not result in the restriction of their civil liberties and political rights,” De Lima said.

“While it is the role of the government to protect the people, it is the right of the people to make sure and remind the government of the limits of its power, and call out any abuse that may result from the enhanced security measures put in place by the government,” she said.

De Lima also condemned the attack, expressing her “personal grief and sadness” for the incident.

“I strongly condemn the bombing at the Davao City night market. This is clearly the act of terrorists, individuals without conscience. Violence is the only language that they know, especially the kind that victimizes innocent civilians and non-combatants,” she said.

The senator, recently the subject of Duterte’s public speeches alleging her links to the drug trade, also urged government to be “clear on who the enemies of the state are,” and to “calibrate its response accordingly.”

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer 


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