Explosion in Philippine president's home city kills 10

Explosion in Philippine president's home city kills 10

"This was born out of the president's call to make campuses drug-free, because we see the pervasive effects of drug use", Vitriolo told Reuters.

"I am declaring a state of lawless violence", Duterte announced in from of media at the blast site in Davao City.

Comments by the tough-talking former provincial mayor such as "all of you are into drugs, you sons of bitches..."

No group has claimed responsibility but Duterte said it's possible the explosion "could be a reprisal" from extremists.

Regional military commander Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero said it was not immediately clear what caused the explosion at a massage section of the night market, which was cordoned off by police bomb experts and investigators.

Andanar said components of a suspected improved explosive device were found at the scene of the explosion, according to ABS-CBN.

"Right now, we can not yet give a definite answer to questions as to who is behind this as we are also trying to determine what really exploded", Paolo Duterte, who serves as Davao's vice mayor, said in a statement.

In 1995 a U.S. court awarded the victims US$1.9 billion after finding that Marcos, who died in exile in 1989, was responsible for massive human rights abuses, including torture, murder and "disappearances of fellow Filipinos". He added, "Rest assured the authorities are on top of this incident".

Sixty people were injured in the blast, the cause of which is unknown, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said on CNN.

He is a controversial figure.

It's a plan that could affect millions of young people.

Two UN special rapporteurs have also sounded the alarm.

However, amid condemnation from human rights groups, the United Nations, the United States, the Catholic Church and some politicians, recently Mr Duterte has denied security forces have carried out extra-judicial killings, saying police have only killed in self-defence.

Unlike Ban, US President Barack Obama will meet his Filipino counterpart in Laos, but the talk may be a challenge for him if Obama chooses to discuss human rights.

Previously, Davao police station commander Milgrace Driz said that many of those injured suffered shrapnel wounds.

While he was campaigning, he pledged to kill 100,000 people, and dump so many bodies in Manila Bay that fish would get fat from feeding on them.

Justice Minister Vitaliano Aguirre told reporters two former members of de Lima's staff and a third person, a prisoner in a penitentiary, had made sworn statements linking the senator to the drug trade. Police say the toll is a result of drug dealers resisting arrest or gang feuds.

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