Malacañang releases the guidelines on the State of National Emergency proclaimed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Presidential Communications Office Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag read and explained the situations and instances when law enforcers may apply the President’s Proclamation Number 55.
Banaag said, local authorities may only subject a person to “stop and frisk” apprehension in the street if he or she engages in suspicious actions.
She added, the President’s declaration mainly addresses the issue of police visibility in public places.
“It determines what the PNP and the AFP can do” and their limitations, she noted.
Banaag stressed that the declaration of a state of national emergency “is not meant to undermine the people’s Bill of Rights” guaranteed in the Constitution.