Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte urges the city “not to be terrorized” by the bombing of the city’s popular night market on Friday evening.
“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 said in a statement released by the city’s information office on Saturday morning.
The blast killed at least 14 people and hurt 67 others, according to the latest death toll, but Duterte assured her constituents that the city government will give assistance for the “hospitalization, burial, funeral, and day-to-day expenses” of the victims of the blast.
The Davao Mayor and President Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest daughter also issued a reminder for the city’s local officials.
“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,” she said.
She also called for everyone to “remain vigilant” and report any suspicious activity, “no matter how insignificant it may seem.”
The Davao City government has organized a memorial at 4:00 pm on Saturday at the site of the bombing, where everybody can say their prayers, offer a flower, and light a candle for the victims.