By Francis Wakefield
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) today said it is exerting all efforts to ensure that the terrorist attacks in Indonesia will not happen here in the country.
AFP spokesman Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo made the remark following an interview.
“Syempre (Of course) we express our condolences at kalungkutan natin dun sa nangyaring yan sa Indonesia (and our sadness on what happened in Indonesia). Definitely, it’s something that civilized nations would condemn,” Arevalo said.
“On our part, we are doing our own measures, our own efforts to maintain our desire that no terrorist attack or activity will happen here similar to Indonesia,” he added.
Suspected militants on a motorcycle detonated explosives outside police headquarters in Indonesia’s second-largest city yesterday, a day after coordinated suicide bombings on three churches in the city killed at least eight people.
A report from AP quoting Police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said six civilians and four police officers were wounded in the explosion at the police complex in Surabaya.
The blast came just hours after police said one family, including girls aged 9 and 12, had carried out the church bombings.