“The armed forces of the Philippines will rise to the challenge and crush these godless criminals,” Chief Presidential Legal Counsel & Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Salvador S. Panelo said after the bombing of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu January 27.
Panelo said the government condemn in the strongest possible term the bomb explosions that occurred inside and outside the Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo this Sunday morning which left many soldiers and civilians dead and scores injured.
“Authorities are now investigating these brazen attacks, which includes identifying the group behind the blast,” he said.
Panelo also expressed condolences to the families of the victims that perished in the “tragedy even as we attend to the injured and give succour to their families.”
“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,” he 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.”