Vice President Leni Robredo condemned the bombing in Davao City on Friday evening and urged everyone to come together and fight terrorism.
In a statement released via her official Twitter account, Robredo sends her thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in the attack at the night market in Roxas Avenue in Davao City. The attack killed 14 people and injured 67 others.
“We condemn this senseless and criminal act. In this difficult time, we must not allow violence and fear to divide our nation. Rather, let us all come together in fighting against the scourge of terrorism,” she said.
She also called for a “calm and collective action” to give the Philippines justice as well as peace and order.
The cause of the blast is still under investigation, although initial reports from the Army showed a shrapnel similar to the ones used in the 2003 bombing in Davao City.
The Abu Sayyaf also owned up the bombing, warning that there will be more attacks in the coming days.
President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a “state of lawlessness” nationwide, which requires the Armed Forces of the Philippines to complement the Philippine National Police’s efforts in preventing lawless violence.
Government officials have clarified that declaring a state of lawlessness is not similar to declaring martial law.