MANILA — Speaking during the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCon) at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Davao City, President Rodrigo Duterte reminded Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno that police officers may effect an arrest even without a warrant. This was in response to Sereno’s statement to the contrary.
“Madame Chief Justice, you are again wrong when you said, ‘Do not allow yourself to be arrested without a warrant,” Duterte said.
Duterte added that it will be because of this line of thinking that the country will indeed fall into a state of anarchy. “I will not allow this to happen. There will be no anarchy under my watch!”
President Duterte who is also a lawyer and former prosecutor cited several instances when an arrest can be made even without a warrant such as when a person is committing a crime in his presence; when a crime is about to be committed or when a crime is in fact has been committed and he has direct knowledge that the person to be arrested has committed the criminal act.
The Duterte administration’s campaign has drawn much criticism not only from the Chief Justice but also from a few senators and other personalities. The so-called, extra-judicial killings have also been the subject of a protest held in front of the Philippine Embassy in New York.
Since the time he was mayor of Davao City, Duterte has always been vocal about his stand on illegal drugs. Now that he is the President, he warns the public that the war against illegal drugs will persist up to his last day in office.
Despite the negative view of some local and foreign observers, a large majority of the public have not spoken against the violence upon suspected drug syndicate members, pushers and protectors. For the first time in decades, the extent of the damage wrought by the drug cartels are being revealed and acted upon. “At no other time have the streets of Manila been free of crime.” Duterte proudly declared.
Duterte also dispelled rumors that he will impose martial law or use the military and police to enforce a dictatorship. “They (police and military) are loyal to the Constitution and not to me. Sila ang unang papatay sa akin (They will be the first ones to kill me) if I don’t do my job well.” PNA/northboundasia.com