Support for kin of 2003 airport bombing victims continues

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

THE City Government of Davao vowed to continue supporting the families, especially the children, of those who were killed and injured during the 2003 Davao airport bombing.

“I sworn to see you through in life,” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said in his speech on Tuesday, March 4, the 11th anniversary of the airport bombing that left 22 people dead and 114 injured.

Since 2003, the City Government has extended aid to 67 families with 177 dependents.


The total amount of educational assistance extended since 2003 reached P4,302,000 -- that is P600,000 for elementary students, P1,162,000 for high school, and P2,540,000.

The City has already produced 20 college/vocational graduates- beneficiaries.

Each student enrolled in elementary received P4,000; each high school student received P7,000; and each student enrolled in college/vocational courses received P10,000 per semester.

“I really don’t know kutob asa ang tabang sa gobyerno basta magpabilin pa ni (until when government can extend help, but this will continue),” Duterte said.

During the program, Duterte reiterated that terrorism is his greatest fear.

“Kaya nako ikontrol ang krimen, kumkumon ko na sa akong kamot apan ang dili nako kaya ang terorismo. Mag gikan kana sa dili pagkasinabot sa katilingban either because of ideology or racial hatred (I can control crime but not terrorism. This all emanates from conflict because of ideology and racial hatred),” he said.

“Every time an innocent citizen of this republic is killed, injured to that extent, there is this failure of government in protecting the public,” he said.

Duterte also recalled that the Davao airport bombing was considered as “one of the very sad episodes in the lives of the Davaoeños.”

Next month, April 2, the City Government will also commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Sasa wharf bombing that left 17 people died. (ANC)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 07, 2014.

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