By Francis Wakefield
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Monday said that it condemns in the strongest terms possible the recent cowardly attack in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat that targeted innocent civilians, and resulted to the death of two people and wounding of 14 others.
In a statement, AFP Spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo, said the perpetrators’ means of assaulting hapless victims through terror, death, and destruction do not justify their ideals.
With this in mind, Arevalo assured that government security forces will address these vile aggressions with vehement counteractions and with the support of the community, they will get those criminals.
“(Also) with the help of the local residents, we can potentially prevent any repeat (of the incident),” he said.
Arevalo said the local government of Isulan led by Mayor Marites Palasigue and the Philippine National Police are leading the efforts to hunt down the perpetrators behind the incident.
“In support to those efforts, AFP units on the ground have further intensified the conduct of checkpoints in all of the town’s entry and exit points. We have stepped up further patrols and intelligence efforts,” Arevalo said.
“We have (also) alerted our troops to augment PNP efforts in the now ensuing police manhunt operations,” he added.
Meanwhile, Arevalo said that the AFP extend its sincerest condolences to the victims of the bombing and assure their families that the AFP is one with them in their quest for justice.
He said base on the latest report they have received, two persons perished while 14 others were wounded — three of them critically — as a result of the explosion.
“We continue to call on the public to help suppress this twin terrorist attacks since the targets are civilians. While government security forces were not stopping to arrest the criminals, justice will be more swiftly served to the victims if the people will be with us in this fight by discreetly reporting the whereabouts of theses terrorists,” Arevalo said.
Arevalo said the AFP urge communities therefore to unite in these attacks by terrorists targeting the lives of people, their freedom of movement, and the peace in the towns and cities.
“We urge every individual—every man or woman, young or old— to be vigilant and actively involved in reporting their observation of any suspicious activities or persons in their localities,” Arevalo said.
“Only with that unity of our communities; only with that degree of vigilance and participation of our people combined with the diligent and dedicated government security forces can we as a nation triumph over these terrorists,” he said.