BREAKING: Explosions Near President’s Hotel Kill At Least 12, Injures 60…

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At least 12 people have been killed and 60 injured in an explosion at a night market in Davao City in the Philippines, an official told CNN Philippines.

According to Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan, the director of Region 11 of the Philippine National Police, 10 people had died at the scene, and two had died after being taken to the Southern Philippines Medical Center.

The blast took place at a night market outside the high-end Marco Polo hotel on the southern Mindanao island, according the military.

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The cause of the explosion is currently unknown.

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The blast comes after the police thwarted an assassination plot against President Duterte, who visits the city ever weekend.

Paolo Duterte, Davao City’s vice mayor and the President’s son, told CNN Philippines that 60 people had been injured in the blast.

Authorities were still trying to confirm the cause of the explosion, he said. While the city was not on lockdown, there was an alcohol ban in place, and officials had asked people in the area to return to their homes.
Officials confirmed the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, was in Davao on Friday night but was unharmed and secured in a police station, according to Independent UK.
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Davao is the home city of Mr Duterte, where he previously served as mayor.

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Vice Mayor of Davao Paolo Duterte – who is the son of the president – asked the public to go home and for bars to close.

A statement by the Vice Mayor said: “Let us pray for the victims of this unfortunate incident, especially for those who died.”

“Let us pray for those who are being treated in different hospitals and pray for their quick recovery. There are at least 10 people who perished because of the incident and a number were reported wounded.

“Rest assured the authorities are on top of this incident.

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

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

President Duterte is hugely popular in Davao. He served as its mayor for more than 22 years before his national election win in May, garnered from the popularity of a promised war on drugs that has killed more than 2,000 people since he took office on 30 June.

The explosion was outside a hotel that Mr Duterte visits frequently. The president had earlier on Friday shrugged off rumours of a plot to assassinate him, saying such threats were to be expected.

Davao is located in Mindanao, a large southern island beset by decades of Islamist insurgency. However, the city itself has been largely peaceful in recent years.

Maria Ressa, executive editor of Philippines news website Rappler, said the blast had occurred amid tensions surrounding Duterte’s war on drugs, as well as an ongoing peace process with Muslim militants in the southern Philippines. Philippines troops are trying to crush Abu Sayyaf, an Islamist militant group outside the peace process.

We will keep you updated as more details emerge.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones.

God Bless.

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