Palace condemns Jolo blasts; launches investigation to uncover truth

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Malacañang has assured the public that investigation on Jolo, Sulu twin bombing are already underway as they condemned the said violence that claimed the lives of 11 people.

Eleven deaths include six soldiers, a police officer and four civilians. The blasts also left 43 others injured, according to local authorities.

Jolo Mayor Kherkar Tan confirmed that among those injured were 18 Army personnel, 19 civilians and six Philippine National Police personnel.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the explosion incidents in Jolo, Sulu today, which left scores dead and wounded, including soldiers. We likewise condole with the families and loved ones of those who died in these tragic incidents,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.  

“Authorities are now conducting an investigation, which includes identifying individuals or groups behind these dastardly attacks,” he added.

The Philippine Coast Guard on Monday afternoon declared a “red alert” over Southwestern Mindanao, including Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

“PCG personnel in the region are augmenting the forces of the AFP and PNP in investigating the incident specifically in identifying its perpetrators, as well as in responding to casualties and in ensuring the safety of the residents against succeeding threats,” it said in a statement.

“Moreover, PCG K9 units, safety inspectors, and patrol boat operators are directed to be extra vigilant in securing ports, harbors, and other waterways in the region. Several K9 units of the Coast Guard are also ready for deployment as soon as requested by the AFP.”

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