Philippine President Declares 'State of Lawlessness' as Blast Kills 14

September 3, 2016 6:13 AM

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Philippine President Declares 'State of Lawlessness' as Blast Kills 14

Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte declared on Saturday a "state of lawlessness" in the country after an explosion in a market killed 14 people in his home city while he was on a regular weekend visit there.

Duterte, the crime-busting mayor of Davao City for more than two decades, said the blast late on Friday outside a high-end hotel intensified what was an "extraordinary time" in the Philippines, and security forces would redouble efforts to tackle crime, drugs and insurgency.

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