Double blasts once again rocked the municipality of Jolo, Sulu on Monday morning, August 24. The explosions left 14 dead and at least 80 injured. The first bomb detonated at around 11:53 A.M., with the second one exploding at 1:00 PM while authorities were securing the area.
Following the situation, the entire provincial capital of Sulu has been declared on lockdown, with the whole of Southwestern Mindanao placed on “Red Alert” status. This includes Zamboanga, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, and Sulu.
The blasts happened near the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral, which also suffered two explosions in January 2019. There were 18 casualties.
According to Roman Catholic radio station Radyo Veritas, Jolo Bishop Charlie Inzon, OMI urges the faithful to prayer. “Sa pangyayari na naman dito ngayon ay kinakailangan ng dasal para maiwasan yung mga ganitong pangyayari at saka dapat ipagdasal din yung mga naging biktima, yun yung dapat nating gawin at sa mga tao din maging kalmado pa din. (Circumstance such as this need and require our prayer. Let us also pray for the victims, and for everyone’s safety, calm, and peace.)”
Below is the official statement of Aid to the Church in Need – Philippines:
Aid to the Church in Need – Philippines extends heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims killed and wounded by the twin blasts in Jolo. Not too long ago, Jolo was also the center of double bombing that happened right in the heart of its Cathedral. ACN strongly condemns these attacks.
No purpose or reason can justify such violence. This crime is even rendered more unconscionable because of the hardships our people are going through during the covid19 pandemic. Those responsible for these atrocities are cruel and ruthless, devoid of any ounce of humanity or respect for life and property.
Aid to the Church in Need is in solidarity with and fully supports the investigating agencies involved. ACN prays that justice be swift & unrelenting for the guilty… a solace for the victims.