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Palace denies move to suspend Habeas

Malacañang has shot down speculations that President Duterte was moving to suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus in the wake of recent security-related incidents in the country.

The President still trusts the Philippine National Police to do its job of keeping peace and order without having to employ such executive power, according to Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar.

“President Duterte finds no compelling reason to suspend the privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus at this point. As a strong advocate of the rule of law, he is fully aware of the limits of presidential powers,” Andanar said.

“The Commander-in-Chief trusts the capability and competence of Philippine National Police head General Ronald de la Rosa to maintain law and order and to serve and protect the citizenry,” he added.

Andanar said the President believes Dela Rosa is “up to the job and can handle any untoward incident and the over-all situation very well.”

“Given this, President Duterte believes any intervention at his level is unnecessary,” he added.

Government troops have launched operations against the Maute Group reportedly linked to the Islamic State in Mindanao. Several members of the extremist group were reportedly killed in clashes with soldiers in Lanao del Sur.

Amid the firefight in the South, an Improvised Explosive Device was found near the United States Embassy yesterday.

The bomb was safely detonated by the police.

In light of concerns raised by some groups, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella assured the public that these security issues are being handled by the authorities.

“The reaction of opposition lawmakers that the discovery of IED (improvised explosive device) near the US Embassy along with movement of the Maute Group may be laying a foundation for the suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus is reading too much into the situation,” Abella said. “The suspicious circumstances are already being investigated by government security forces,” Abella added.

Early this month, Duterte threatened to suspend the writ of habeas corpus, a legal safeguard against warrantless arrests and illegal detention, if lawlessness escalates in the country.

Duterte said he was ready to employ such executive power amid the raging rebellion waged by the Maute terror group in Mindanao as well as the widespread drug operations in the country. He claimed that building cases against lawless elements might take too much time and resources. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)

comments
  • Dexter Mali

    walang ganyang balak ang goyerno!

  • Emily Perry

    Di yan mangyayare. Kasi naman di pa yan kailangan ng bansa!

    • V’ne

      totoo yan tska wla pa nman basehan para ipatupad yan,

      • ohjn

        asus! tingnan mo at gagawin nya yan..

        • orlf

          hindi rin yan tiwala kami sa sinabi nya..

  • nicolez

    kung emergency pede yan gamitin na writ lalo na kung sa pangseguridad na usapin

  • mario

    kailangan kasi na paliwanag sa kanila at sa mga tao para magkaintindihan.

  • Ellie Maggie

    Di pa naman nagkakaroon ng rebellion sa buong bansa kaya walang dahilan para isuspend ang writ! OA kasi ang iba eh!

  • edlyn

    so may taning na nga!

    • seph

      kaloka ka nga hindi na nga sabi!!!

    • tina

      ikaw meron na din taning ang buhay mo huwag ka sakin magpapakita!

  • marilyn

    sinasabi lang si duterte na baka sakali na dumating ang panahon lalo na sa term niya na mag invade mga terrorita,. dapat nakahanda tau sa mga mangyayari

    • cristy

      oo nga mabuti na yong laging handa para mas maayos ang lahat

  • agnes T.

    walang threat sa bansa so di yan mangyayari na activate lamang yan ng pangulo kung nasa peligroso ang bansa gaya ng pag invade ng mga terrorista at agawin ang kapangyarihan na pamamahala sa pinas

  • Miguel Rascal

    martial law n yan! gusto nyan patayan eh!

    • Joseph Lunas

      wala ngang habaes corpus panong magkaroon pa ng martial law! wala ka talagang isip! di yan gagawin ni tatay digong!

    • christian santos

      itigil mo yan na bibig mo! hindi ka naman nkakatulong!

  • jay jay

    hindi naman niyan mangyayri maniwala lamng tyo sa pangulo natin

  • tope losedo

    hindi naman maaasahan ang Dutae na yan!

  • analisa

    masyado ksing nangunguna eh.

  • aRiEL

    alam naman ni digong ang dapat gawin,wag na lang natin xang pangunahan.

  • glenn robio

    babagsak kna dutae,hindi kna tatagal sa pwesto mo.

    • gigi leny

      pwes hindi kayo mag tatagumpay.

    • kier Luis

      ang daming anay na gaya mo.

  • low wendy

    walng kwenta ang pangulo niyo!

    • Angie

      manahimik ka wala kang alam ang sabhin mo magaling ang leader natin na mamuno sa bansa