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Ten people were killed while 60 others were injured in an explosion at the night market on Padre Gomez St., Davao City, around 10:15 p.m., Friday, September 2, said Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella.
The victims were rushed to the Southern Philippines Medical Center, Lismo Hospital, Davao Doctors Hospital, and Brokenshire Hospital.
"Let us pray for the victims of this unfortunate incident, especially for those who died. Let us pray for those who are being treated in different hospitals and pray for their quick recovery. There are at least 10 people who perished because of the incident and a number were reported wounded," Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte said in a statement.
"Rest assured the authorities are on top of this incident. Right now, we cannot yet give definite answer to as to who is behind this as we are also trying to determine what really exploded. It's a sad day for Davao and for the Philippines," the vice mayor added.
Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao Director Manuel Gaerlan said they are conducting thorough investigation of the explosion.
"The PNP is assuring the public that the situation is being handled carefully. A thorough investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the explosion and checkpoints/chokepoints were already established at all exit points in the city. We call on all the people to be vigilant at all times and report to the police any suspicious packages or persons. Please refrain from creating/passing misleading or unverified reports to avoid confusion and panic," Gaerlan said.
Here's a video taken by John Rhyl Sialmo III after the incident.

As of 10:25 p.m., Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, together with Presidential Executive Staff Bong Go, arrived in the area and ordered the closure of bars and establishments. The public was also asked to go home.

Source: Sunstar

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