The death toll in the Friday night blast in Davao City rose to 15 as of early Saturday morning, a radio report said.
Citing initial police information, Super Radio dzBB reported that the last body count of fatalities was at 15, including a 12-year-old, and some 60 others were wounded.
A police officer was also among the fatalities, the report added.
DzBB anchor Francis “Kiko” Flores also cited information that the 60 people injured in the deadly blast include several children.
Hours after the blast that rocked a popular night market in Davao City’ Barangay Santa Ana, President Rodrigo Duterte declared a “state of lawlessness.”
He said the declaration would involve the increase of military and police presence throughout the country to combat not just terror threats, but also to step up his campaign against illegal drugs and to curb the recent rise in summary executions.
Twelve people were initially reported killed and 60 others were injured in the deadly blast at about 10:30 p.m. Friday.
Duterte said, “These are extraordinary times. We are trying to cope up with a crisis now. There seems to be an environment of lawlessness. I just might declare a state of lawless violence in this country.”
Despite the deadly blast, the President assured the Dabawenyos that the city is safe, and that the explosion was a police matter with investigators exploring several leads on who was behind the bombing.
He also floated the possibility that another terror band, the Maute group, and even drug gangs, could be behind the bombing.
“Everybody is a suspect. Of course, ASG made the threat. We will look into that,” he said.
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Source: GMA News