- Vice President Leni Robredo condemns Davao bombing, calls for calm and collective action in bringing justice
- Davao City Representative Karlo Alexei Nograles prays for the victims of the blast, also prays for the people behind attack
- Deputy Speaker Pia Cayetano says she has stronger support for President Duterte after the attack
Vice President Leni Robredo extended her sympathies to the bereaved families following a deadly blast in Davao City’s night market late Friday night.
In a statement, Robredo said “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives or were injured in last night’s attack in Davao.” As of posting, 15 were confirmed dead while more than 60 were injured.
Robredo also condemned such barbaric act, “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.” The notorious bandit Abu Sayyaf group has earlier claimed responsibility for the bombing; seemingly in retaliation of President Duterte’s intensified attacks against the insurgent group.
“We call for calm and collective action in bringing about justice, peace and order to our country“, Robredo said. The statement was released to media hours after the President declared ‘state of lawlessness’ across the country.
Meanwhile, Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles and Deputy House Speaker Pia Cayetano also expressed alarm after the bloody bombing. Nograles, who is a staunch Duterte ally in the Congress, says “We pray for the victims of the blast and their families, and assures them of government’s support. We also pray for those responsible for this abhorrent act, that you may realize humankind will not succumb to hatred.“
Former Senator turned Taguig Congresswoman Pia Cayetano also said in a statement,”There is no justification for the killing and harming of unarmed civilians regardless of one’s cause or ideology.”
President Duterte has cancelled his working visit to Brunei Darussalam after the Davao bombing.