Grieving nation offers prayers, flowers for Davao blast victims

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 03 2016 10:44 PM

MANILA - Filipinos on Saturday lit candles and offered flowers in various memorials for the 14 people who were killed and dozens others wounded in a powerful explosion in Davao City.

At the Roxas night market, the blast's "ground zero," Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte led some 500 mourners in a mass.

Members of the left-wing groups Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and Kadamay gathered at Plaza Miranda in downtown Manila.

Residents of Cagayan de Oro City also offered their prayers for the victims of the explosion claimed by Abu Sayyaf extremists. 

People bow their heads in prayer for the casualties of an explosion in Davao City.

At the same, the group expressed unwavering support for President Duterte and national police chief Ronald dela Rosa, who are leading government's war against criminality and illegal drugs. 

Messages of sympathy also poured for the victims at a gathering led by the Kabataan and Gabriela party-list groups in Cebu City. 

-- With reports from Demerie Dangla, Leleth Rumaguera and Cris Angelo Andrade, ABS-CBN News