MANILA – Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by order of The President, signed Memorandum Order No. 32 for the deployment of additional police and military forces in Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental,Samar, and Bicol Region.
The order was to suppress lawless violence, citing a “number of sporadic acts of violence” occurring recently and to “prevent such violence from spreading and escalating elsewhere in the country.”
Under the memorandum, the military, police, and the Department of Justice, should be in close coordination with other law enforcement agencies, intensify their local and transnational intelligence operations against individuals or groups suspected of, or responsible for, committing or conspiring to commit lawless violence in the country, and that no civil or political rights are suspended during the existence of a state of national emergency on account of lawless violence.
“In particular, the AFP and PNP are enjoined to observe existing rules and jurisprudence in instances that may justify the implementation of warrantless arrests, searches and seizures, as well as ensure compliance with guidelines for police/military checkpoints and stop-and-frisk situation,” the memorandum states.