Sulu gov’t allots P3-million aid for victims of Jolo twin bombings

Published August 25, 2020, 1:48 PM

by Nonoy Lacson

ZAMBOANGA CITY –  A day after a twin bombing incident in Jolo, Sulu, the provincial government and the first legislative district of Sulu has allotted close to  P3 million as financial aid for those who were killed and wounded in the deadly incident that happened on Monday, August 25.

Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan (PCOO / File photo /MANILA BULLETIN)
Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan (PCOO / File photo /MANILA BULLETIN)

Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan said at least 14 died people have died – seven of them soldiers, a policeman and six civilians – and wounded 75 people (21 soldiers 48 civilians and six policemen).

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Tan said in a phone interview that the provincial government and the first congressional district of Sulu has allocated P1.5 million and P1.4 million, respectively, to serve as financial aid for the victims of the twin bombing that have hit the commercial district of Jolo at noon on Monday.

According to Tan, each of the 75 wounded victims will receive P20,000 from the provincial government, while the families of those, who died in the incident, will receive P100,000 each from first district Representative Samier  Tan.

He said their offices are now finalizing the list of the wounded victims, and the names of those who were killed in the incident.

Among those killed in the incident  were Philippine Army Staff Sergeant Louie T Cuarteros, Manuelito Moma, Privates  James S Apolinario: Omair L Muksan, and John P Agustin, a policeman

Wounded were Sgt Norman B Santiago: Cpl Philip Anthony M Aleta : Cpl Jesus T Genora: Cpl Jems Ghil S Villacruz: PFC Noel M Bacoy: PFC Jeffrey M Domingo; PFC Dave S Egipto: PFC Jayson A Paguirigan: Pvt Alub S Sahid: Pvt Jesrael U Sapao: Pvt Novin I Guzman: Pvt Baser S Katipon: Pvt Jay D Carbon and Pvt Stephen Rey Oliveros.

The names of the civilians, who died or were wounded during the incident, were not yet available.

Tan said the business community continued to stay calm and vigilant, though fear reigned in their hearts and mind.

He said some of the stores in the vicinity of the bombings have already opened on Tuesday, while others have remained closed, awaiting any further development  coming from the police and military in Jolo.

Meantime, the police and the military continue their effort to identify the female suicide bomber.

Tan also condemn the rootless and senseless act of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), which he believes was behind the twin bombings.