Military not ruling out suicide bombing in Jolo cathedral blasts

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is not ruling out the possibility of suicide bombing in the January 27 Jolo cathedral bombings in Sulu.

“The AFP has not since ruled out the possibility of suicide bombing. We are, however, still pursuing leads from the ongoing investigation and testimonies of survivors that point to other possibility that it may not be suicide bombing,” said AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo in a statement.

He said President Rodrigo Duterte, the Commander-in-Chief, “has made a declaration that the Jolo blast is possibly a handiwork of suicide bomber. We say that he has access to various — even unlimited — sources of information. And that possibility is among the focus of our investigation.”

“There may be a breach of security but not security lapse. A truism is that there is no impenetrable barrier. The AFP may have foiled 99 out of 100 attempts; but a singular successful try doesn’t mean government security forces have been remiss of their job,” Arevalo said.

“The fact that five soldiers, now six, made the ultimate sacrifice during the blast prove that they religiously performed their level best to protect and rush to the rescue of the victims of the blast,” he added.