President Rodrigo Duterte declared state of lawlessness in the entire country after explosion happened in Davao City night market on Friday, which left at least 14 people dead and more than 60 wounded.
However, some critics do not agree on Duterte's decision.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a known critic of Duterte said placing the entire country under state of lawlessness “is not warranted at this time," in a statement on Saturday. “What is needed is less big talking and more serious intel work,” Trillanes said.
“Yesterday's terrorist attack in Davao is a grim reminder that the illegal drug problem is not the biggest and definitely not the only national security threat to our country,” he added.
Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon said he do not see the need of the military to help the police operations in the entire country.
“While I do not see any widespread lawless violence in other parts of the country to justify calling on the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to suppress such lawless violence, I defer to the judgment of the President who has access to intelligence information,” Drilon said.
Meanwhile an ally of Trillanes in the House, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano described the “state of lawlessness” declaration as “worrisome.” “Declaration of state of lawlessness by the president to suppress lawless violence in the country is equally worrisome considering the alleged violations of human rights already happening in the conduct of anti drug operations,” Alejano said.
Alejano said authorities must instead intensify their intelligence gatherings “to thwart any future attempts of bombings.” source