Duterte visits victims of N. Cotabato explosion

Arianne Apatan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 25 2016 06:53 PM | Updated as of Dec 26 2016 12:04 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte. File Photo

NORTH COTABATO - President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Midsayap, North Cotabato Sunday afternoon to visit the victims of the explosion which occurred in front of a church on Christmas Eve.

The President went to Pesante Hospital where some of the victims were admitted and given medical treatment.

Duterte had a chat with the victims and cracked some jokes. He also gave them financial assistance.

Members of the media were not allowed to take photos and videos of Duterte inside the hospital ward.

According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), 15 people were wounded in the blast. Three of them sustained serious injuries, with one of them subjected to possible amputation of the left foot.

Duterte immediately left Midsayap after the hospital visit.