Police authorities lock down Davao City

DAVAO CITY — Police authorities locked down Davao City after an explosion occurred on Friday night at Roxas night market near Ateneo de Davao University.

Philippine National Police (PNP) XI Director Manuel Gaerlan, however, assured the public that the situation is being handled carefully.

Meanwhile, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte asked for prayers for the victims of the incident.

“Let us pray for those who are being treated in different hospitals and pray for their quick recovery,” he said.

He assured the authorities are on top of the incident.

“Right now, we cannot yet give definite answer to questions as to who is behind this as we are also trying to determine what really exploded,” Paolo said.

“It’s a sad day for Davao and for the Philippines,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gaerlan said a thorough investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the explosion and checkpoints/chokepoints were already established at all exit points in the city.

“We call on all the people to be vigilant at all times and report to the police any suspicious packages or persons,” Gaerlan said in a text message through his spokesperson Chief Inspector Andrea dela Cerna.

“Please refrain from creating/passing misleading or unverified reports to avoid confusion and panic,” Gaerlan urged the public.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that while no one has yet claimed responsibility for the incident, it is best that the populace refrain from making reckless speculation and avoid crowded places.

“There is no cause for alarm, but it is wise to be cautious,” Abella said in a press statement. Lilian Mellejor/PNA/northboundasia