Senator Go denounces terrorists behind Jolo bomb blasts

Published August 24, 2020, 6:57 PM

by Mario Casayuran

Senator Christopher ‘’Bong’’ Go has condemned ‘’in the strongest possible terms’’ the terrorists’ twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu Monday.       

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

The bombing took place while Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan Jr., chief of the Western Mindanao Command (WesCom), was being grilled by the national defense committee of the bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA) on his fitness to become a high-ranking officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP).          

The appointments of Vinluan and 24 other AFP officers were confirmed by the CA in plenary session based on the favorable recommendation of Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, vice chairman of the CA national defense committee.          

‘’Naghasik na naman ng lagim ang mga teroristang grupo sa ating bansa,’’ Go said. (The group of terrorists again went on with their violent acts.)       

 ‘’Walang awang pinatay ng mga pagsabog ang mga sundalong naglilingkod sa ating bayan at idinamay pa ang mga sibilyan na walang kamuwang-muwang. Wala talagang pinipiling lugar o panahon ang mga teroristang ito. Naghihirap na nga tayo dahil sa krisis na dulot ng pandemya, patuloy pa rin ang mga terorista sa kanilang hangaring guluhin at sirain ang buhay ng mga Pilipino,’’ Go said. (They killed without mercy innocent civilians and our soldiers who are serving the country. These terrorists do not choose the place or the time. While we are under an emergency health crisis, these terrorists want to sow confusion and destroy the lives of Filipinos.)        

‘’Ginagawa na ni Pangulong Duterte ang lahat ng kanyang makakaya upang mabigyan ng kapayapaan ang ating mga kapatid, lalo na sa Mindanao. Nag-reach out na siya sa lahat at binigyan na ng pagkakataon ang iba’t ibang grupo na makisama sa gobyerno para maisakatuparan ang pangarap natin na magkaroon ng mas maayos, mapayapa at matiwasay na buhay ang lahat,’’ he added. (President Duterte is doing all he can to bring peace in our land and to our brothers, particularly those in Mindanao. He has reached out to everybody and asked every group to assist the government implement its dream that we become an orderly and peaceful society.)                     

‘’Nakakalungkot na habang ginagawa natin ang lahat upang maisaayos ang ating lipunan at mabigyan ng mas magandang kinabukasan ang ating mga anak, may mga terorista pa ring patuloy na inilalagay sa peligro ang buhay ng mga inosente nating kababayan. Hangga’t hindi natin matigil ang terorismo sa bansa, mahihirapan tayong maisakatuparan ang inaasam nating ‘long-lasting peace’ sa Mindanao at sa buong bansa,’’ he added. (It is sad that while we are doing all we can to improve our society and give a bright future to our children, there are terrorists who put at risk the lives of the innocents. Not until the depredations of these terrorists are stopped, our wish of having a ‘’lasting peace’’ in Mindanao and the whole country would not come to fruition.)       

 ‘’I call on all agencies of government to ensure that those responsible for these acts of terrorism are held accountable for their actions. Bigyan natin ng hustisya ang mga inosenteng buhay na nawala dahil sa walang saysay na terorismo.”
(Let us give justice to the innocents whose lives were snuffed by unbridled terrorism.)

 
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