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Palace, ARMM condemn Jolo church bombing

JOLO. Two improvised explosive devices (IED) went off at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu on January 27, 2019. (Western Mindanao Command Photo)

MALACAÑANG and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Sunday, January 27, strongly condemned the twin explosions that killed more than a dozen people and wounded 77 others in Jolo, Sulu.

Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) went off inside and outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel one after the other just before a Mass was to be celebrated in the church and despite the heavy security in the area.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, in a statement, said authorities are investigating the brazen attack and were still trying the identify the group behind it as of Sunday afternoon.

"By their act of terrorism and murder of soldiers and civilians, the enemies of the state have boldly challenged the capability of the government to secure the safety of the citizenry in that region. The Armed Forces of the Philippines will rise to the challenge and crush these godless criminals," Panelo said.

"We will pursue to the ends of the earth the ruthless perpetrators behind this dastardly crime until every killer is brought to justice and put behind bars. The law will give them no mercy," he added.

On the bomb explosions in Jolo We condemn in the strongest possible term the bomb explosions that occurred inside and...

Posted by Office of the Presidential Spokesperson on Saturday, January 26, 2019


ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, in a separate statement, noted that the bomb attack was carried out in a place of peace and worship.

Hataman also noted that the attack "comes at a time when we are preparing for another stage of the peace process in Mindanao."

"Human lives are irreplaceable. First responders are still working to assist the families of the people killed in the attack, as well as the wounded. We condole with the families of the people who were killed in the attack, and will do what we can to aid the wounded," he stated.

Hataman called for calm and vigilance as he urged the public to cooperate with the authorities.

"Let us avoid making speculations on this incident as the police conduct their investigation. Let us continue working for peace in the region. Violence should not deter us from continuing our work to establish a lasting peace in our homeland," he said.

ARMM Gov Mujiv Hataman's Statement on Jolo Cathedral bombing A bomb attack has just killed eight and injured several...

Posted by ARMM Bureau of Public Information on Saturday, January 26, 2019


The incident happened two days after the Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers, declared the ratification by ARMM of the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

The Comelec reported an overwhelming number of “Yes” votes at 1,540,017 compared to the 198,750 “No” votes during the plebiscite conducted on January 21.

Sulu, however, voted "No." Based on the Certificate of Canvass of Votes, Sulu recorded 163,526 "No" votes compared to 137,630 "Yes" votes.

Under the BOL, the ARMM will be replaced with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Among those killed were five soldiers and one Coast Guard personnel. Sixteen soldiers and two Coast Guard personnel were among the 77 injured. (MVI/SunStar Philippines)

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