Duterte visits Davao blast victims at hospital, morgue

Duterte visits Davao blast victims at hospital, morgue

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A video of President Rodrigo Duterte visiting the hospital and the morgue to check on the victims of the Davao City Friday night market explosion had gone viral, with the online community appreciating the gesture of the President in times of great crisis.

The video shows the President going to a hospital room and embracing a family member of a blast victim. Duterte can also be seen in the video talking with surgeons, probably to learn about the medical and surgical needs of the victims.

Duterte visits Davao blast victims at hospital, morgue

Photo: Malacanang via Reuters

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The President had promised that the government will pay the hospital bills of the blast victims.

The footage also shows Duterte going to the ICU to check on the severely injured victims of the explosion. The victims in this unit were unconscious.

The President then went to the operating room complex to check on the victims who had undergone surgery. Some of the victims who were awake spoke to the President.

Duterte visits Davao blast victims at hospital, morgue

Photo: RTVM / Presidential Communications

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Duterte then gave an inspirational speech to the families of the victim. He also gave some of his time to speak to them one on one. Several family members of the victims can be seen crying as the President consoled them.

The most heart-breaking part of the video is when Duterte visited the morgue to check on the dead victims. The Davao blast killed 14 people and wounded 71 at the night market.

Duterte visits Davao blast victims at hospital, morgue

Photo: RTVM /Presidential Communications

According to Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno, the terror group Abu Sayyaf had claimed responsibility for the explosion, probably as retaliation to Duterte’s intensified efforts against the bandits in Sulu and Basilan.

The number of soldiers in Sulu is expected to reach about 9,000 this week, in efforts to crush the Abu Sayyaf group once and for all.

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