Davao blast death toll rises to 14

(UPDATED) -- At least 14 people were killed while 67 others were injured in an explosion at the night market on Corner Padre Gomez St., Roxas Avenue, Davao City, around 9:50 p.m., Friday, September 2, authorities reported.

"As of this time (2 a.m. Saturday), initial report 14 (are) dead," said Buhangin Police Station Commander Milgrace Driz in an interview with SunStar Davao.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that at least 60 people were injured in the incident.

The total injured as of latest count has reached 70.

The victims were rushed to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), Limso Hospital, Davao Doctors Hospital, and Brokenshire Hospital.

Read: Davao City, Metro Manila on red alert status

"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.

Some residents in the area said that a bomb exploded, but Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao Director Manuel Gaerlan said they are conducting thorough investigation on the explosion. The police are also looking into the possibility that a liquified petroleum gas (LPG) caused the blast.

Read: Ateneo de Davao suspends classes after 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.

Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said President Rodrigo Duterte met with law enforcement and intel agencies in Davao City after the incident.

Here's a video taken by John Rhyl Sialmo III after the incident.









Vice Mayor Duterte arrived at the night market around 10:25 p.m. together with Presidential Executive Staff Bong Go. He then ordered the closure of bars and establishments, and asked the public to go home.

The Ateneo de Davao University, which is located just across the street from the night market, has imposed a lockdown after the explosion. Classes for Saturday, September 3, have also been suspended. (With Jeepy Compio/SunStar Davao/Ileana Cortes/And Pia Noreen Bilar/Sunnex)

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