- Rene Clemente
The Top Level Policy Dialogue on “The State of Emergency: Its Implications for the Security Sector, Human Rights Defenders and Communities” was held on September 22, 2016 at the La Breza Hotel, Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City.
The forum focused on Proclamation No. 55, “Declaring a State of National Emergency on Account of Lawless Violence in Mindanao,” which was issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on September 4, 2016 after a deadly blast in Davao City that killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 60. The discussions tackled Proclamation No. 55 in relation to the provisions of the 1987 Constitution on the Commander-in-Chief powers of the President, and in comparison with Proclamation No. 1017, which was issued by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on February 24, 2006. The forum also discussed the practical implications of Proclamation No. 55 and the existing state of emergency on the police, the military, the Commission on Human Rights and human rights defenders, and local communities.