By Ellson Quismorio
More congressmen have expressed their condemnation over the bloody church blast in Jolo, Sulu over the weekend.
“I condemn it in the strongest terms and offer condolences to the families of the victims,” Camiguin lone district Rep. Xavier Jesus “XJ” Romualdo said.
“I know that our authorities will vigorously pursue those responsible and bring them to justice,” added Romualdo, who chairs the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability.
The double bomb attack, which killed at least 20 people and injured dozens of others, occurred at around 8 a.m. Sunday at Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu. The tragedy happened on the heels of the first plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) in Mindanao.
“Terrorism has no place in our society. I ask the state to exhaust all means to run after the perpetrators of these senseless acts of violence. They should not stop until the people behind these bombings are apprehended and put behind bars,” Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Party-List Rep. Sherwin Tugna said.
Tugna described Sunday as a “dark day” in the country in light of what took place down south.
“I call on the entire country to be vigilant. We should be on the lookout for anyone who intends to derail efforts in institutionalizing peace in Mindanao.”
“I pray with the families of those who perished from the Sulu bombings…May they find peace at this difficult time,” Tugna said.
Makabayan bloc member, Anakpawis Party-List Rep. Ariel Casilao aired similar feelings toward the attack, and at the same time suggested that the ongoing Martial Law regime in Mindanao might be “ineffective.”
He gave this observation “amid [the] massive deployment of units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and allotment of billions of pesos of taxpayers’ money as intelligence fund.”
“We condemn this terror act and call for an authentic and swift resolution to serve justice to the victims…We express our deep condolences to the bereaved families of the victims of the bombing,” Casilao said.
“We appeal to the people not to be swayed [by] the warmongering viewpoint of intensifying military operations under the guise of anti-terrorism that will ultimately trigger mass abuses against the Moro people and fuel the already intense social unrest in Mindanao,” the militant lawmaker said.