Press Release
January 27, 2019

Statement of Senator Joel Villanueva on the Bombing of Jolo Cathedral on Sunday, January 27, 2019

The bombing of Jolo Cathedral on an otherwise quiet Sunday morning is a despicable act that seeks to terrorize residents of the city. This crime against the people of Jolo must not go unpunished. We hope our law enforcement units and military personnel bring justice to those who perished in this senseless act against our people.

Lubos po akong nakikiramay sa mga naulilang pamilya ng mga biktima. May the good Lord extend his saving grace to the innocent ones who were only saying prayers at the time of the attack.

We laud the gallantry of the first responders who answered to the call of duty in rushing towards the incident area. Their response prevented more civilians from becoming victims, but it entailed sacrificing their own. We commiserate with the families of the fallen soldiers whose bravery will never be forgotten.

Nawa'y matigil na po ang ganitong klaseng pag-atake sa mga sagradong pook tulad ng mga simbahan. Places of worship should be spared from senseless violence.

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