President Duterte declares 'lockdown' and said 'Davao is SAFE'

DAVAO CITY- A huge explosion rocked a busy night market Friday evening in Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 60 others, police and local officials said.

DAVAO - President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday morning placed Davao City on lockdown, but at the same time, said the southern metropolis which he ruled for over two decades "is safe."

A seemingly calm Duterte told reporters early Saturday morning that the lockdown will only mean stricter checkpoints, and that "every Filipino still has the right to enter and leave Davao."

"Davao is safe. There is no criminality here, except for terrorism," Duterte told reporters early Saturday morning.

Duterte said the explosion Friday night that killed at least 14 people, and injured 67 others is "not an isolated case."

"It's not an isolated case in the sense that there are a lot (of similar incidents in other places). There's the grenade-throwing in Cotabato City, and assaults on so many places," he said.

The president told the public to "keep calm" as the military and the police "are capable of doing their jobs correctly."

"Government is here for you. As much as humanly possible, we will protect everybody," Duterte told Davaoeños.

Source: ABS CBN News
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