A suspected unidentified explosive device was allegedly set-off at the Roxas Night Market street fronting the Ateneo de Davao University last night, Sept. 2, at around 10:20PM.
The explosion resulted in 14 confirmed casualties as of 2:40AM today, Sept. 3. According to authorities, the identification process of injured victims is still ongoing.
“Still counting pa ang mga injured sa ospital, pero confirmed na iyong mga patay. Nandyan pa [sila] sa Roxas,” university security guard Camilo Bancas said.
The university immediately called for a lockdown following the explosion in order to ensure the safety of the students still remaining in the campus. After a few hours, students with escorts were permitted to go home through the school’s Jacinto gate.
“Nag-advise si Director Florian Remolino, iyung Physical Plant head, na iyung mga may sundo, pwede na makalabas, pero iyong mga wala, dito muna sila,” security guard Jerson Pusa explained.
Students expressed fear regarding the alleged bombing incident. Fourth year Education student Ericka Jan Gadat stated that the incident may just be the beginning of something worse.
“Nakakatakot kasi this might just be the beginning of another worse case. I guess the one who did the bombing is really trying to challenge the Duterte Administration.”
Police investigations are still ongoing.