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Davao City, Metro Manila on red alert status

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Davao City, Metro Manila on red alert status

Saturday, September 03, 2016

DAVAO. Fourteen people are dead in a bomb explosion at the night market in Padre Gomez St., Roxas, Davao City, on Friday evening, September 2. (Photo contributed by Fr. Jboy Gonzales, SJ)

DAVAO City and even Metro manila have been placed on red alert status after the explosion that rocked the night market in Davao and killed at least 14 people Friday evening, September 2.

The explosion happened around 9:50 p.m. Friday on corner Padre Gomez St., Roxas Avenue. More or less 60 people were injured, said police.

Read: Death toll in Davao market explosion rises to 14

Police Regional Office Davao Director Manuel Gaerlan said that checkpoints were already established at all exit and entry points in Davao City.

"We call on all the people to be vigilant at all times and report to the police any suspicious packages or persons," he said.

Gaerlan also assured that the police are handling the situation very carefully.

Read: Ateneo de Davao suspends classes after explosion

"A thorough investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the explosion," he said.

Checkpoints have also been intensified in Metro Manila, particularly at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, bus terminals, ports, and malls, to thwart similar incidents, said the National Capital Regional Police Office.

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte said Friday that he received a text message warning about bomb plots in Davao City and General Santos City, but he was told not to pass the text message around.

The vice mayor also advised the public to always remain vigilant. (Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 03, 2016.

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