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At least 12 dead in Philippines explosion

Friday, September 02, 2016 - 00:57

An explosion at a market in the hometown of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens more as Duterte was visiting the city. Diane Hodges reports.

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The blast went off at a market outside the high-end Marco Polo hotel in Davao, hometown of Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte. The president was reportedly in the city at the time, but far from the scene of the explosion. Police say that in addition to those killed, dozens of people were injured. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation. While the president was nowhere near the hotel at the time, he has been a frequent visitor in the past. He's extremely popular in Davao, but controversial nationally as president, having waged a war on drugs that has killed more than 2000 people since he took office on June 30th. Just hours befiore the blast, Duterte had shrugged off rumors of an assassination plot against him, saying such threats were expected.

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At least 12 dead in Philippines explosion

Friday, September 02, 2016 - 00:57