The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) joins the entire nation in condemning the terrorist bombing of the Cathedral of the Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday, 27 January 2019.
We grieve over the unnecessary loss of so many lives in this act of violence that can only be perpetrated by the forces of evil. Those responsible for this crime will not go unpunished. We will find them and bring them to justice.
We are thankful for the many expressions of sympathy and solidarity from the international community.
This terrorist act comes at a sensitive and yet hopeful period following the ratification by an overwhelming majority of the Bangsamoro Organic Law that seeks to bring peace and progress to Mindanao.
The Philippine Government remains steadfast, along with international partners and other stakeholders, in achieving lasting peace in the Bangsamoro, particularly in the Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi region.