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JAMAICA | PNP won't support further extensions to State of Emergency in St. James

Featured Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips, says  "the State of Emergency powers were not intended by the framers of our constitution to be employed over a lengthy period of time." Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips, says "the State of Emergency powers were not intended by the framers of our constitution to be employed over a lengthy period of time."
KINGSTON, April 26, 2018 - The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) has signalled that the upcoming extension of the State of Emergency will be the final one it supports, as "the State of Emergency powers were not intended by the framers of our constitution to be employed over a lengthy period of time."
 
The House of Representatives in January approved the extension of the State of Public Emergency in St. James until May 2 and last month extended the measure in St. Catherine North Police until July 3.
 
Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips, who spoke at a media briefing Thursday morning, argued that "the State of Emergency powers were not intended by the framers of our constitution to be employed over a lengthy period of time."
 
Dr. Phillips signalled that the PNP would not support further extensions after the next request unless "their is some overwhelming reason presented for the consideration of the public."
 
Instead, he said the opposition wants to see a "clear-cut plan of action" that will ensure normal policing contains crime in St. James and in other parts of the country.
 
The Opposition Leader noted that while there is a high concentration of security forces in St. James and St. Catherine North, other areas are still being affected by high levels of crime.
 
"In South St. Andrew police division for example, we are seeing a 50 per cent increase in murders. In parts of Westmoreland, we are seeing again an upsurge of all these murders. We don't think it is sound policy to have this concentration in two areas while the rest of country and the citizens in the rest of the country are facing this intolerable increase in the levels of crime in areas," he asserted.  
 
In the meantime, Dr. Peter Phillips has apologised for his finger gesture in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
 
Dr. Phillips  told today's media briefing, that his gesture  was in an effort to get a two minute extension for Shadow Minister of Health Dr. Dayton Campbell, to bring the issues at Cornwall Regional Hospital to the public.
 
The gesture has become the subject of controversy, with some persons viewing it as offensive.
 
But Dr. Phillips has insisted that at no time was any offence meant. 
 
"As the records of the Parliament will show, at no time was any offence meant and none was taken, either by the Speaker, who is the presiding officer of the Parliament, nor by any member of the Parliament on either side of the isle," he maintained. 
 
Dr. Phillips said in light of the misinterpretation by the public, he is sorry for the action. 
                                                                                   
"I regret using this jester in what was a light-hearted moment of banter in the House, in fact, intended to diffuse any tensions which were arising," he declared.
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