The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) condemns in strongest terms possible the recent cowardly attack in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat that targeted innocent civilians. The perpetrators’ means of assaulting hapless victims through terror, death, and destruction do not justify their ideals.
Government security forces will address these vile aggressions with vehement counteractions. And with the support of the community, we will get those criminals. With the help of the local residents, we can potentially prevent any repeat.
The local government of Isulan led by Mayor Marites Palasigue and the Philippine National Police are leading the efforts to hunt down perpetrators of this dastardly attack on our people and their peaceful communities.
In support to those efforts, AFP units on the ground have further intensified the conduct of checkpoints in all of the town's entry and exit points. We have stepped up further patrols and intelligence efforts.
We have alerted our troops to augment PNP efforts in the now ensuing police manhunt operations.
Meanwhile, we extend our sincerest condolences to the victims and assure their families that the AFP is one with them in their quest for justice. The latest report reveals that 2 have died and 14 others wounded — 3 of them critically.
We continue to call on the public to help suppress this twin terrorist attack since the targets are civilians. While government security forces were not stopping to arrest the criminals, justice will be more swiftly served to the victims if the people will be with us in this fight by discreetly reporting the whereabouts of these terrorists.
We urge our communities therefore to unite in these attacks by terrorists targeting the lives of our people, their freedom of movement, and the peace in the towns and cities.
We urge every individual—every man or woman, young or old—to be vigilant and actively involved in reporting their observation of any suspicious activities or persons in their localities.
Only with that unity of our communities; only with that degree of vigilance and participation of our people combined with the diligent and dedicated government security forces can we as a nation triumph over these terrorists.