We strongly condemn the bombing of the Jolo Cathedral on Jan 27, 2019 that killed over 27 individuals.
The deadly attacks betray the cowardice of the perpetrators and their desire to sow fear, hate, violence, and senseless death. It was an act of terrorism that we have to resolutely fight as a nation.
Davao City has also its own experience of terrorism that resulted in death and destruction — but we refused to be cowed or be defeated by the devils behind it.
Dabawenyos pray that Jolo and its people will also stand and rise with dignity and strong resolve to overcome this tragedy and deliver the perpetrators to the government so that justice may be served.
We commiserate with the families of the victims and offer them our condolences and prayers.