PNP eyes 3 suspects in Davao blast

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Teams from the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) and the Explosives and Ordnance Division (EOD) of the Philippine National Police in Davao scour the blast site where an explosion ripped through a crowded night market along Roxas Avenue in Davao City around 10:00 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 2, 2016). (PNA photo courtesy of Ayan Mellejor)Teams from the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) and the Explosives and Ordnance Division (EOD) of the Philippine National Police in Davao scour the blast site where an explosion ripped through a crowded night market along Roxas Avenue in Davao City around 10:00 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 2, 2016). (PNA photo courtesy of Ayan Mellejor)

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking into the involvement of two females and a male as three persons of interest in last Friday's explosion, according to Chief PNP Ronald dela Rosa.

In a press conference Saturday evening at Police Regional Headquarters in Camp Catitipan, Dela Rosa said witnesses pointed to three persons who could have left or blown off an improvised explosive device (IED).

Dela Rosa however would not give further details of the three personalities. He was not also sure if the three are still in the city.

Dela Rosa said they were currently cross-matching the three personalities...

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President Duterte declares nationwide state of lawlessness

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President Rodrigo R. Duterte has placed the country under a "state of lawlessness" authorizing the police and military to conduct security searches in cars and frisking of individuals in checkpoints.

Duterte clarified the state of lawlessness is not martial law and does not involve the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

Any punitive actions should be in the furtherance of protecting the country to stop terrorism, President Duterte told reporters after an ocular inspection of the blast site early Saturday morning.

Duterte said declaration has something to do with protecting the country and people given his intensified drugs operation,...

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Police authorities lock down Davao City

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SWAT enters bomb site in Davao City. Photo from Twitter/Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJSWAT enters bomb site in Davao City. Photo from Twitter/Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ

Police authorities locked down Davao City after a bomb exploded on Friday night at Roxas night market near Ateneo de Davao University that kills 14 persons and injures almost 60 persons.

Philippine National Police (PNP) XI Director Manuel Gaerlan, however, assured the public that the situation is being handled carefully.

Meanwhile, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte asked for prayers for the victims of the incident.

"Let us pray for those who are being treated in different hospitals and pray for their quick recovery," he said.

He assured the authorities are on top of the incident.

"Right now, we cannot...

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10 dead, 60 hurt in Davao bomb blast

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10 killed as blast rocks night market in Davao City. Photo from CNN Philippines10 killed as blast rocks night market in Davao City. Photo from CNN Philippines

At least 10 persons died and 60 were injured as a bomb exploded around 10 p.m Friday at the Roxas night market near Ateneo de Davao University here.

This was confirmed by Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, who is now in the incident area with President Rodrigo Duterte and Press Secretary Martin Andanar.

Police authorities still need to confirm the total number of casualties but people near the area disclosed they saw at least ten bodies laid on the ground after the explosion. (Lilian Mellejor/PNA)

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