After an explosion rocked a night market in Roxas Avenue Davao City on September 2, Friday, reports said that there are at at least 10 people including 5 men and 5 women have been killed and 60 others injured.
CNN Philippines reported that the crime took place at around 11pm in a massage area in the middle of the street.
The injured have been taken to the Southern Philippines Medical Center. Eyewitness Neil Pancho said some people were so stunned that they were unable to move.
Police spokeswoman Catherine de la Rey said explosive and ordnance division teams are searching for key pieces of evidence.
Davao Police Spokes says they’re locking down Davao City with checkpoints after an explosion at Roxas night market.
President Rodrigo Duterte – the former mayor of Davao – is in the area. Reuters reported that he is safe and at a police station following the blast.
The city’s vice mayor, Paolo Duterte – the president’s eldest son – said in a statement: “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. 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,” Paolo Duterte added. All bars have been asked to close down and citizens told to return to their homes.