• A Pharmacy student was reportedly among the 14 victims in the Davao City bombing
  • Her father said the victim sustained a pelvic fracture from the blast
  • The family have met President Rodrigo Duterte who promised them financial assistance

MANILA, Philippines – A 17-year-old Pharmacy student is reportedly among the 14 people who perished in the Friday night bombing at a night market in Davao City.

Kristelle Decolongon, who died while being treated at the San Pedro Hospital, was with friends who invited her to eat at the Roxas Avenue to celebrate a friend’s birthday before the tragedy.

The victim’s mother, Valentina, said her daughter was a 2nd year Pharmacy student at the San Pedro College (SPC) and a resident of Barangay Libertad, Surallah in South Cotabato.

A photo of the smiling Kristelle was shared on the Facebook page 95.7 Brigada News FM Koronadal and went viral online.

In a separate interview with Bombo Radyo Koronadal, Kristelle’s father, Joel, said her daughter sustained a pelvic fracture which may have largely contributed to her death.

They have also met President Rodrigo Duterte who promised them financial assistance for the burial cost and travel expenses of the student’s remains.

The victims

The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) claimed responsibility for the Davao City bombing that killed 14 people including Kristelle Decolongon.

The fatalities reportedly included a pregnant woman. At least 67 others were hurt in the blast which the ASG said was done to send President Rodrigo Duterte a message.

“Yun ay pauna lamang, dahil kung titingnan natin ay parang itinarget niya talaga ang Jolo, Sulu, kaya gaya nga ng sinabi namin na itatarget din namin kung saan siya nanggaling,” said Abu Rami who introduced himself as the ASG spokesperson.

[That is just the beginning because if we will look at it, it’s like he really targeted Jolo, Sulu, so like we said, we will also target the place where he hails from.]

However, in an Inquirer story, it said that the ASG spokesman, Muammar Askali,  called to say that an ally group was behind the deadly attack. Askali said the group Daulat Ul Islamiya staged the attack in sympathy of the ASG, who is under pressure from military operations in Sulu.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN News has released the names of the 14 fatalities; citing government sources. They are: Larida, Daniel; Larida, Melanie Faith; Adremesin, Jay; Cagantas, Rogelio; Basilisco, Mercy; Decolongon, Kristelle; Merisido, Ruth; Salvador, Reynaldo; Biscocho, Eufemia; Reyes, Christian Denver; Sobrecary, Evelyn; and three more John Does who remain unidentified.