Updated 18:20 PM PHT Fri, December 30, 2016
Tacloban City, Leyte (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday visited the victims of the bombing in Hilongos, Leyte.
The President gave each of the blast victims P10,000 in financial assistance, while outpatients were given P5,000 each. The financial aid is additional to the P5,000 and P3,000 assistance given by the Social Welfare Department and OPAV respectively.
Accompanied by Presidential Management Staff head Christopher "Bong" Go and Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) Secretary Michael Dino, Duterte was welcomed by the crowd and local government officials.
Before he left for Davao to celebrate the New Year with his family, the President assured the residents that the government is on top of the situation.
"Hibawu ko nga dili kaayu grabe ang nasamdan, pero lalum ang duwa ani, dili ko man masulti ug ngano mao nga mituyo akug pakig isturya sa military ug police kay kaning duwa lalum kaayu," the President said in local dialect.
[Translation: I know the casualties were not so serious but this incident has deep circumstance. I cannot say now how and why. That's the reason why I was talking to the military and police since this involves deeper investigation.]
Twin explosions rocked a town fiesta in Hilongos, Leyte Wednesday evening, leaving at least 35 people injured. Hilongos Mayor Alberto Villahermosa said a cellphone-triggered improvised explosive device (IED) went off in the middle of a crowd while watching a boxing event.
Tacloban City-based journalist Wil Mark Amazona contributed to this report.