Nograles asks congressmen to donate to Davao blast victims

Mara Cepeda
Nograles asks congressmen to donate to Davao blast victims
Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles urges his fellow congressmen to each donate P5,000

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles filed a House resolution urging lawmakers to each make a P5,000 donation for the families of the victims of the deadly Davao City blast. 

Nograles filed House Resolution (HR) Number 302 on Monday, September 5, three days after the bombing at the Roxas Night Market which killed 14 people and wounded more than 60 others. (READ: Who’s behind the Davao bombing?)

In a privilege speech on Monday, Nograles condemned the blast “in the strongest terms.”

“The Davao City bombing reminded all of us once again how utterly vulnerable we, our children, our families, and our communities are to the murderous assaults of lawless elements who are willing to commit, at any cost, the most heinous and barbaric crimes without any moral hesitation and with the execrable impunity in furtherance of their malevolent ideologies,” said Nograles.

“Like thieves in the night, lawless elements can strike at will anytime, anywhere, without any warning. And we can never ever be prepared enough to make any guarantee that no citizen will ever lose his or life or suffer any injury,” added the lawmaker. 

Nograles explained that the night market blast is not the first act of terrorism committed in Davao City.

“We, Davaoeños, will mourn and bury our dead. We will attend, as best as we can, to the healing of our injured. We will comfort those among us in sorrow. And we will continue, with greater courage, to wage an unremitting war against terrorism in our beloved city,” he said. 

Nograles urges each member of the House of Representatives to contribute at least P5,000 to an assistance fund to be given to the families of the Davao City blast victims. 

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas, and Minority Leader Danilo Suarez filed  on Sunday a separate resolution condemning “in the strongest possible terms the dastardly terrorist attack” in Davao City. (READ: Lawmakers condemn Davao blast, reaffirm support for Duterte)

President Rodrigo Duterte, a longtime mayor of the city, already declared a nationwidestate of lawlessness. (READ: What’s a ‘state of lawlessness’?)

His daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has placed a P2 million reward for information on or the actual arrest of the suspects behind the incident. – Rappler.com

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Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at mara.cepeda@rappler.com or tweet @maracepeda.