PNP: Holy Week 'generally peaceful', Davao police station blast still under probe


Posted at Apr 21 2019 09:31 AM

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MANILA -- The Holy Week was "generally peaceful", the Philippine National Police said on Easter Sunday, as investigators continued to look into a blast that rocked a police station in Davao City. 

An explosive material that was recovered from a previous operation detonated at the Davao City Police Office on Black Saturday. 

The event is "still under investigation" and there is "no update yet" on its cause, PNP Spokesperson Col. Bernard Banac said in a text message to ABS-CBN News. 

"For the whole Semana Santa, ang ating kalagayan sa buong bansa ay generally peaceful and orderly except that may ilang insidente ng pagkalunod at mayroon ding mga vehicular accident," he added in an interview with radio DZMM. 

(For the whole Holy Week, our situation in the entire country was generally peaceful and orderly except that there were several incidents of drowning and there were also vehicular accidents.) 

Thirty people died due to drowning from April 5 to 20, he said in a text message. 

Banac did not provide additional details on the fatalities, saying that the PNP was still consolidating the final report that will be released Monday. 

The PNP, he added, also monitored several road accidents, including the death of 7 people when a bus fell off a ravine in the mountain town of Tabuk, Kalinga. 

He advised the public to be drive carefully and expect long lines at transport terminals as vacationers rush back home. 

"Kaunting hinahon lang po, 'wag idaan sa init ng ulo, 'wag isabay sa init ng panahon," he said. 

(Let's observe some calm, don't be hotheaded and don't try to rival the hot weather.)