7 wounded in General Santos blast; PNP slams 'act of terror'
MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – At least 7 people were injured after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in General Santos City on Sunday, September 16.
The wounded victims include a 6-year-old girl, said Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.
The PNP said said the explosion happened beside The Generics Pharmacy near Hadano Park, Crossing Makar along the National Highway in General Santos City.
The PNP said the device exploded at around 11:40 am.
The 7 wounded victims were brought to Saint Elizabeth Hospital for treatment. The initial police report is unclear on the severity of the victims' injuries.
Malacañang on Sunday condemned the General Santos blast.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms today's explosion that hit General Santos City which left scores of people injured. This comes at an unfortunate time when the nation is reeling from the effects of Ompong," said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a statement Sunday.
"Authorities are now conducting an investigation. We vow to bring the perpetrators of this brazen attack to justice," Roque said.
PNP: 'Senseless act of terror'
Albayade on Sunday condemned Sunday's explosion.
"We join the entire Filipino nation in strong condemnation of this senseless act of terror for whatever motive its perpetrators may have," Albayalde said. "We assure the public of our keen resolve and commitment to bring before the bar of justice those responsible for this dastardly and vicious act."
"I have directed the mobilization of all available police security forces in pursuit operations against persons responsible for the latest act of terrorism in General Santos City this morning even as we extend our support and sympathies to our fellow Filipinos who were wounded in the explosion incident," he added.
The PNP chief said he has ordered police units to intensify the conduct of checkpoints, visibility patrols, and intelligence and law enforcement operations in Soccsksargen.
He urged the public to help the police identify the suspects behind the bomb explosion.
"We likewise enjoin our citizens to continue to remain calm but vigilant as we tackle together this scourge of terrorism in our midst. And together, with God's help, we shall continue to win and the cause of peace shall surely prevail in Mindanao," said Albayalde. – Rappler.com