We condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent IED attack at the Jolo Cathedral in Sulu that claimed the lives of soldiers and innocent civilians as we express our deepest condolences to the victims of this detestable act.
We have come a long way in our journey to achieve enduring peace in Mindanao. Now is not the time to cower and be intimidated by such a selfish and cowardly deed. Instead, let us show that we can work together and push through with our collective aspiration for a peaceful, united, and progressive Mindanao.
We also call on the public to stay calm and refrain from aggravating the situation by issuing speculations, particularly on social media. Let us wait for the proper authorities to complete the investigation.
As the authorities conduct their investigation, we urge everyone to be vigilant and united in seeking justice for the victims. Let’s trust that the perpetrators will immediately be brought to justice and face the full consequences of their actions.