PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday assured that culprits in the series of deadly bombings in Mindanao will be brought to justice as the Palace condemned Monday’s bombing which has killed eight people and injured 30 others in Cotabato City.
“I’m sure we’ll be able to get all these culprits in due time. Ang terrorists iilan lang sila, tagong tago, pero palagay ko mahahanap din natin sila in the very near future, [The are only a small number of terrorists and they are in hiding, but I think we will be able to find them in the very near future],” Aquino told reporters in a media briefing in Subic, Olongapo City.
Aquino vowed to hunt down and punish those responsible for the bombings. The Chief Executive will meet with the government security cluster on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Mindanao.
Asked if Monday’s bombing was related to threats of Al- Qaeda terrorist attacks, Aquino said, “Wala tayo indicators na ganun ang pangyayari. Iisa lang naman ang terrorism angle. . .we’re exhausting all the leads. [We don’t have any indicators that was the case. Terrorism angle is the same. . .we’re exhausting all the leads].”
The powerful explosion which rocked Sinsuat Avenue in Cotabato City during Monday’s rush hour initially killed six people but death toll later climbed to eight when two other hospitalized victims perished.
Two weeks ago, eight people died and several others were injured when a blast hit a mall in Cagayan de Oro City.
Aquino hinted at the possible identities of the suspects but they have yet to verify if they were responsible for the deadly attacks.
“We’ve been pursuing the suspects but hindi pa sigurado if they’re the parties responsible for this. Merong ilang sektor na ayaw magpatuloy ang ating peace process. . .we’re exhausting all these leads, we’re investigating the leads to determine who are the perpetrators and eventually these will help us in the arrest [We’ve been pursuing the suspects but we are still unsure if they’re the parties responsible. There are few sectors which are against the continuation of the peace process.. we’re exhausting all these leades, we’re investigating the leads to determine who are the perpetrators and eventually these will help us in the arrest],” he said. PNA