MANILA - At least 31 victims of the deadly explosion that left scores dead or injured at a night market in Davao City are no longer in critical condition, the chief of a local hospital said Saturday.
A total of 34 people were brought to the Southern Philippines Medical Center after the Friday night blast, three of whom died immediately, said hospital director Leopold Vega
President Rodrigo Duterte, who served as mayor of Davao for two decades, visited SPMC patients on Saturday morning, and promised to provide for their needs.
"Nagpasabi po si President Duterte na tutulungan niya ang mga pasyente [The President said he will help the patients]. He will take care of the medicine and everything, even the food of the watchers," Vega told radio DZMM.
Abu Sayyaf extremists, which recently pledged allegiance to Islamic State jihadists, has claimed responsibility for the explosion that left at least 14 people dead and 67 others wounded. They also warned of more attacks.
Duterte has placed the entire country under a "state of lawlessness," authorizing the military to join police patrols.