By the Philippine News Agency
COTABATO CITY — Two former religious leaders of Jolo condemned on Monday the bombing of Jolo cathedral, describing it as “a satanic act.”
In a statement issued here, retired Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo and former Jolo Bishop Angelito Lampon, both of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) congregation, said the bombing was “the most heinous desecration of a sacred place, on a sacred day and at a sacred moment of worship.”
Quevedo once served as parish priest of Our Lady of Mount Carmel cathedral, where the two bombs went off Sunday morning in the middle of a mass.
Lampon, for his part, was the bishop of the Jolo vicariate up to December 16 last year until Pope Francis assigned him to head the Archdiocese of Cotabato, the post vacated by Quevedo whose resignation as archbishop and retirement as a clergyman was accepted by the Pope.
“It is truly a satanic act that all sacred religions must condemn,” Quevedo and Lampon said in a joint statement.
“This is the action of evil people with utter disregard for the sacredness of human life and of human dignity,” they said.
“We entrust the innocent victims to the Lord’s compassion and pray for their grieving families.”
“We strongly appeal to our security and military forces to flush out the perpetrators of this barbaric crime and bring them to justice,” both prelates said. They prayed that “May the One God of all preserve us from evil and lead us to the way of peace.”