This is Aaron’s article, but I would also like to add a few comments about the bombing. It is very sad that Davao has been hit with this event. Such acts are so uncommon in Davao, so we are so sad that it happened. Dabawenyos are a strong lot, though, and the city will not be put down. I am sure that Davao will continue on a path of great success. I also feel strongly that President Duterte will deal with the criminals harshly and quickly. I have full confidence in his ability to deal with it. A lot of people have been asking me if I feel safe, or if I am scared. I really am not scared, just concerned for the people here. I do feel that Davao remains a place that is safe, but right now it pays to be vigilant and to be careful. Stay strong Davao! MindanaoBob and now on with Aaron’s article….
I wrote an article a few weeks ago about the Roxas night market here in Davao. The city had shut it down because the vendors weren’t following the rules. I said that the city will probably reopen it, and they did. It’s been open for a week or 2 now.
The other night, while playing a game, one of our friends suddenly sent a message to our group chat. He said that there a bomb went off at the night market. I didn’t think he was serious, maybe it was something to do with a game or something. After I asked him what happened, he said that it was true, a bomb went off at the Roxas night market. At the time, he said that 5 people were dead and several others injured. At the time, there wasn’t any info about it online, so I knew that there would be some inaccuracies. A couple hours later, I checked the Philippine subreddit, and there were already a couple threads about it. The original poster updated the post a lot, saying the death toll rose to 10 with a lot injured. He also added a picture of the scene from an aerial vantage point. I had actually seen the picture on Twitter, which was tweeted by someone from AdDU college. It was scary because some of my friends go to school at AdDU and some even frequent the night market, all of them are safe though.
Facebook added a safety status feature that allowed people in Davao to tell their friends and family that they are safe. I’m sure it was a huge help and source of relief for many. As much as I dislike Facebook, it has proven to be an efficient way to communicate during a crisis. The emergency services also responded quickly, which was good. I’m sure for the next few weeks security is gonna be tight here, especially considering more bomb threats have come in. The threats mentioned schools, hospitals, malls and even churches as targets. Right now, there’s actually quite a bit of chaos, with rumors floating around, I read that there was a bomb discovered in SM Lanang, but some people said it wasn’t true.
One thing that really made my blood boil were the people who used this event to attack and discredit President Duterte. An attack just happened that claimed lives and all they can think of is how Duterte is to blame or how Duterte is bad or whatever. If this happened anywhere else, the people attacking Duterte would be voicing their compassion for the victims. Honestly, I don’t care if they do attack Duterte, I know he has thick skin, but using this attack is really too much. I’m not even gonna get into all the controversies surrounding this incident, some of which go as far as to say Duterte masterminded it to declare martial law… I was actually surprised and happy that the Philippine subreddit was very civil and compassionate, considering back during the election season there were several posts against Duterte, and a lot of the comments weren’t very nice.
Duterte announced that he will be declaring the nation as being in a state of lawlessness. According to this Rappler article, what this simply means “is that more soldiers and policemen will now be deployed, government will set up more checkpoints, and impose, if needed, curfews in certain areas.” Duterte said he isn’t declaring martial law.
Still some chaos here, what with the bomb threats still floating around. Hopefully things will settle down here soon and no more attacks will happen.