An explosion disrupted the night market along Roxas Street in Davao City before 11 p.m. Friday, September 2. According to latest reports, there were 10 reported fatality and at least 30 were injured during the explosion.
Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte has arrived at the blast site earlier to check on the post-blast damage. A total of 24 victims were brought to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and is expected to rise as more casualties have been recovered from the scene.
Twenty-two years old Alvin Pelayo said his aunt Kyla Merasido was reported dead and his father was injured. During an interview by Sun Star Davao, he claimed that the alleged bomb was placed in their area but they were not able to identify the culprit because they were a lot of customers flocking around the area at that time.
The authorities urge the public to be vigilant at all times and report to the police any suspicious packages or persons. Police Regional Office Davao spokesperson Chief Inspector Andrea dela Cerna asked the public to refrain from creating or passing misleading or unverified reports to avoid confusion and panic.
Authorities are yet to identify the explosive device if it is really a bomb The police force is now conducting post-blast investigation.
“At the moment it’s wise not to say anything. We don’t want to cause anxiety,” Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said about the alleged Roxas Night Market bombing incident.
Rescue teams and firefighters are already dispersed at the scene.
Davao City is now placed on red alert status after the explosion