Davao City, Philippines - The hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte was the newest victim of a terrorists attack. The city’s Night Market was bombed Friday evening, September 2, which left 14 people dead and at least 67 were injured. Authorities said these numbers may rise as they are still doing surveys on each hospital where victims are brought.

The city’s Vice Mayor, Paolo Duterte arrived on the bombing site few hours later to check the situation. He released a statement through the government’s Facebook page that 10 people had died on the spot and the others died in the hospital. The local government of Davao is collecting witness accounts at the hospitals where victims are being treated with medication as well as assisting families of those who died and were injured.

Philippine National Police on full alert

"We are doing everything to maintain normalcy in the entire country," Dela Rosa said. "We are encouraging the public not to cower over the incident as their final objective is really to terrorize the people." PNP Chief Dela Rosa explained. The cause of the blast has yet to be confirmed although early investigation has found shrapnel on the bombing site, an indication that the blast was caused by an exploding bomb or shell. 

Abu Sayyaf has claimed responsibility for the attack

Recent reports said Abu Sayyaf, a militant organization based in the Southern Philippines, has claimed responsibility for the blast and has warned the public about their plans of doing more terror attacks. Mayor Sara Duterte however, has issued a statement that the city will not be terrorized by the said attack. "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," she posted on her Facebook page.

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State of Lawlessness

The government has suspended classes and government works today until further notice. To ensure "coordinated efforts" between the police and the military in the government's fight against terrorism and illegal drugs, President Duterte has declared a State of Lawlessness. Meanwhile on social media, the hashtags #PrayForDavao and #PrayForPhilippines have been a trending topic and people from around the country and the world are showing their sympathy.