SUSPECT: Philippine Oppositions & Tough Drug Coddlers, Drug-lords Bombed night market in the City of Davao leaving 12 dead, 60 injured.

An eyewitness told Al Jazeera that the rescuers had to use improvised bandages on the victims [EPA/Cerilo Ebrano]

At least 12 dead and scores wounded after bomb rips through busy market in home city of Philippine president.

Davao City, Philippines. On or around 10:00PM Saturday , August 2, 2016, a "Loud" explosion took place at night market packed with customers in President Rodrigo Duterte's home city of Davao in southern Philippines, killing at least 12 people and wounding 60 others.

The Biggest Enemy of President Duterte are the Opposition especially those who are involved in drug coddling and the Drug-lords. They are the people who has the bigger armory to create a coup plot. The bandits are very small as they were only estimated around 200 to 250 bandits in Mindanao, particularly in Jolo, Sulu.

A presidential spokesman said on Friday that the blast took place at the open-air market in Davao City, 960km south of the capital, Manila.

The explosion occurred close to the high-end Marco Polo hotel that is popular with tourists and business people, city spokeswoman Catherine de la Rey told AFP news agency.

Regional police chief Manuel Guerlan told Reuters news agency that a ring of checkpoints had been thrown around the city's exit points.

At least 12 dead and scores wounded after bomb

War on drugs

The Philippine president was in Davao, but was safe and at a police station after the explosion, his son Paolo Duterte, who is vice mayor of the city, told Reuters news agency.

Duterte is hugely popular in Davao, having served as its mayor for more than 22 years before his stunning national election win in May, garnered from the popularity of a promised war on drugs.

READ MORE: Death toll in Duterte's war on drugs

His election has prompted a spike in drug-related killings, with more than 2,000 people killed since he took office on June 30, nearly half of them in police operations.

Davao is located in Mindanao, a large southern island beset by decades of armed rebellion by Muslim groups. The region is also home to Abu Sayyaf, a rebel group loosely linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL also known as ISIS) and notorious for making tens of millions of dollars from kidnappings.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

However, Davao itself is largely peaceful and Duterte has been credited with transforming it from a lawless town to a southern commercial hub for call centres and offshore business processing services.

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