President Duterte of the Philippines has declared a “state of lawlessness” in his home town city of Davao after a deadly bomb blast claimed the lives of 13 people while also blaming armed group Abu Sayyaf group for the attack.
Speaking to newsmen after the incident, President Duterte said he “may invite uniformed personnel to run the country according to my specifications” police and the military will be authorised to conduct searches “in a bid to stop terrorism”.
“This is not the first time that Davao has been sacrificed to the altar of violence,” the president said, adding: “It’s always connected with Abu Sayyaf before. They gave a warning. We know that.”
“We were ready for this,” Duterte said when asked if the attack constituted a failure of intelligence.
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