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Hataman condemns Cotabato bombing

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019


FILE PHOTO: ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman

MANILA, Philippines — Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman condemned Cotabato bombing in front of a mall in Cotabato City on December 31.

The governor called the mastermind behind the incident “evil”.

The blast occurred minutes before 2:00 in the afternoon which left 2 dead the 34 others injured.

In the statement released by the office of Hataman on January 1 morning, he expressed his strong condemnation of the incident and his grief for the victims.

He called for a serious investigation of the bombing and ensure that same incidents will never happen again and culprits are brought to justice.

“We are irrevocably grieved about the casualties incurred, thoroughly condemn this act, and call for a thorough investigation. We need to make sure acts like these never happen again, and that the perpetrator is brought to justice, he said.

He also called for the cooperation of the civic leaders and law enforcement officers.

“What we need is to be composed, to redouble our efforts, and to hold on to our dream of peace in the region. We cannot be divided on this front,” said the governor.

Though not under the ARMM, his office in Shariff Kabunsuan Complex is in Cotabato City. — UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP: No established link yet between Jolo and Zamboanga City bombings

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

(Left) Decimated church seats of the Mt. Carmel Cathedral
in Jolo, Sulu after it was hit by twin explosions on January 27, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Ahmad Sajan. (Right) Bodies of worshipers lay lifeless after a grenade detonated inside their mosque in Masjid Jutay, Barangay Talon-Talon in Zamboanga City on January 30, 2019. | Photo courtesy of PNP Region 9 Office

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Authorities cannot yet confirm if the grenade blast at a mosque in Masjid Jutay in Zamboanga City on Tuesday night is connected to the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday.

According to Zamboanga City Police Spokesperson PSInsp. Shelamie Chang, the explosives used in last night’s bombing in Zamboanga was in no way similar to the ones used in Jolo.

The officer said, the incident in Jolo was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) while a grenade launcher was used in a mosque in Zamboanga City.

Authorities continue to investigate as to the motive behind the Zamboanga City blast that killed two individuals and injured three others. — UNTV News and Rescue

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19 killed, 48 wounded in Jolo church bombing

by admin   |   Posted on Sunday, January 27th, 2019

At least 19 people were killed and 48 were wounded after two explosions rocked the town of Jolo, Sulu on Sunday morning (January 27).

Based on a report from the military, two improvised explosive devices (IED) ripped through Jolo Cathedral while Sunday mass was ongoing.

Among the fatalities were five soldiers from the 35th Infantry Battalion and 14 civilians. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Cotabato City mayor seeks to declare BOL plebiscite a failure

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2019

Cotabato City Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi presenting to the media alleged evidence of vote-buying in connection with the BOL plebiscite.

Cotabato City Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi has bared alleged irregularities in Monday’s plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

She also noted that members of the plebiscite committee were neither residents nor teachers of the city.

Sayadi found the situation questionable particularly because the members were BOL supporters.

“One factor din na yun, mali mali yung mga entries, kasi mga na-hire nila doon, ni hindi mga nakapag-training ng BEI’s (Board of Election Inspectors) kaya maraming problema sa precinct level pa lang,” she said.

She also cited allegations of ghost voters and incidents of intimidation by BOL supporters during the plebiscite.

“Eto yung mga pictures ng mga tao who are not residents of Cotabato City. Yung mere presence nila ng ganyan, talagang natakot ang mga tao,” said the mayor.

Her camp has already prepared the evidence needed to file a petition with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) seeking to declare the plebiscite a failure.

“Pinag-uusapan nga namin although the petitions are already finished, we are going to file it next week,” said Sayadi.

The recent plebiscite witnessed Cotabato City’s historic “yes” vote to its inclusion in the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). — Nel Maribojoc

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