Sara Duterte calls for unity, vigilance after Davao City explosion

Sara Duterte calls for unity, vigilance after Davao City explosion

- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte released a statement regarding the Davao City blast which killed at least 14 people

- Mayor Sara Duterte expressed her condolences to the families of the victims and promised to assist them with their needs

- She also advised the people to remain calm, stay vigilant and report all suspicious activities to the authorities

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio – daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte – has released a statement following the Friday night market explosion in Davao City which killed at least 14 people and wounded at least 71.

The mayor expressed her condolences to the families left behind by the blast victims and promised that the local government would assist them with their needs.

Sara Duterte calls for unity, vigilance after Davao City explosion

Sara and Rody Duterte (Photo: Davao Today / Medel V. Hernani)

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“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of those who died last night. I would also like to reassure all of them, as well as the families of those who are injured that the City Government of Davao will assist in all their needs for hospitalization, burial, funeral and day to day expenses,” Duterte-Carpio wrote.

The mayor also apologized to the victims and their families for the explosion and reminded the city officials to fulfill their duties for the Davao City residents.

“I would like to remind other officials to stay within the bounds of their official duties according to their position. Please leave me in peace to do my job and I'll leave you to focus on your own work,” the mayor stated.

Sara Duterte calls for unity, vigilance after Davao City explosion

Part of the blast site. Photo by Leila Salaverria

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She also gave inspirational words to Dabawenyos and urged them to unite in this time of mourning.

“We will not be terrorized by this heinous crime and I call on all Dabawenyos to unite and let us help each other rise from this senseless incident,” Duterte-Carpio added.

Sara Duterte calls for unity, vigilance after Davao City explosion

At around midnight, at least three bodies can still be spotted at the blast site. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Sara Duterte also advised the citizens to stay safe, be vigilant, and report any kind of suspicious activity to the authorities. She also informed the people about a 4 p.m. memorial at the explosion site where flowers, candles, and prayers will be offered for the victims of the blast.

Due to her delicate pregnancy, Duterte-Carpio has avoided public appearances in recent months but has continued to fulfill her responsibilities as the city mayor.

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