US envoy visits Davao blast monument

UNITED States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim visited Wednesday the blast site monument at corner Padre Gomez Street and Roxas Avenue in Davao City.

Kim went first to the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) before he visited the monument.

The monument was mounted in memory of the victims of the September 2 bombing at the Roxas night market that killed 15 persons and left 69 others injured.

City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the city was happy that the US ambassador to the Philippines chose to visit Davao City, just 13 days after arriving in the country.

"My meeting with him, albeit very brief, was cordial and was an opportunity for us to renew our friendly relationship and ties with the US government and the American people," Duterte-Carpio said.

Duterte-Carpio said they are also grateful for ambassador’s expression of support for the city’s fight against terrorism as he commiserated with the families, the survivors, and the victims of the bombing.

City administrator Zuleika Lopez said the visit of the US ambassador in Davao City came after he met President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacañan Palace last week.

Lopez said the ambassador was impressed with the city’s Central 911 unit, and confirmed to Mayor Duterte-Carpio that outside USA and Canada, Davao City is the only one that has a free 911 service.

"His visit is crucial. Sabi nga niya (Kim), as mentioned by US president [Donald Trump], the next big thing to watch out is the Asean group because it is actually, hopefully, the next growth area," Lopez said.

Lopez said the US ambassador arrived in Davao City on Wednesday morning and returned to Manila in the evening.

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