There was anger and pain but Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte-Carpio was confident her city remains standing tall despite the deadly blast that killed 14 people and injured 70 others at the crowded Night Market on Roxas Avenue on September 2.

The blast initially blamed on terrorists was the latest major attack on Davao City, the center of commerce and industry in Region Eleven in Southern Mindanao.

It will take a hundred bombs to put Davao City down, said Inday Sara at the Memorial Service held at the blast site a day after the bombing.

The military said the blast claimed many victims because the cellphone-triggered Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was rigged by two mortars: a 60mm and an 81mm.

Investigators are on the trail of two persons – a man and a woman — who left a backpack that contained the bomb at a massage nook of the Night Market, which has become a favorite evening destination for locals and tourists.   

It is business as usual in Davao City, Inday Sara told media after a Mass at the Memorial Service presided by Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles.

“The measure of success of terrorism is how long it takes for the victims to stand up. We must stand up now,” she said.

It will take a hundred bombs to put Davao City down, said Inday Sara.

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