Press Release
September 3, 2016

Zubiri denounces Davao bombing
Senator urges public to steer clear of unwanted rumors

"A cowardly attack by soulless outlaws targeting innocent and defenseless civilians."

This was how Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri strongly condemned the bombing of a night market in President Rodrigo Duterte's home city that killed 14 people and wounded 67, based on initial police reports.

"No effort should be spared to run after and snare the perpetrators of this sickening atrocity, which should not go unpunished," Zubiri said.

"Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, and our thoughts and prayers are with them," he said.

Zubiri said he was 148 kilometers away attending the annual Tuna Festival in General Santos City when the carnage happened around 10:30pm Friday in a packed market along Roxas Avenue in Davao City's central district.

The senator called on Filipinos to stay highly alert but calm, saying "We should not allow despicable threats of wanton violence to disrupt our peaceful way of life."

"The lawless elements behind this hostility clearly want not only to kill and maim, but also to sow mayhem and panic, so the public should steer clear of unwanted rumors, especially through social media," he said.

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