Deadly Explosion Hits Philippine President’s Hometown

September 2, 2016

An explosion has hit a night market in the hometown of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, killing at least 10 people and injuring many more, according to local officials. The blast hit Davao City on Friday, as Duterte was in town for a visit.

Dozens of people were wounded, according to news reports.

The explosion apparently struck shortly after 10 p.m. local time, and police were working to determine what caused it, though they suspect it was a bomb.

“There are at least 10 people who perished because of the incident and a number were reported wounded,” Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte wrote in a statement published to Facebook. He added, “Rest assured the authorities are on top of this incident.”

There’s no sign yet of “who is behind this,” the vice mayor said.

He concluded, “It’s a sad day for Davao and for the Philippines.”

Paolo Duterte is the son of the Philippine president. He tells GMA News Online that his father was monitoring the situation at the Davao City police station.

“The explosion happened at around 10:20 PM tonight,” reports Atenews, the student news agency at Ateneo de Davao University, which is across the street from the blast’s location on Roxas Street.

Atenews also posted photos from the scene that show police and emergency teams tending to the wounded. In the background, tents and kiosks are still standing.

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