Duterte to visit Jolo after the twin blasts

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DAVAO CITY (January 28) —-President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Jolo, Sulu today, following the two explosions in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral Sunday which killed 20 and wounded 111.

Christopher “Bong” Go, Duterte’s trusted aide said the President was saddened when he was briefed about the incident .

“We will fly to Jolo,” Go said.

Malacañang has condemned the explosion and vowed to “crush” the “godless criminals behind the incident.”

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement said “The Armed Forces of the Philippines will rise to the challenge and crush these godless criminals. We will pursue to the ends of the earth the ruthless perpetrators behind this dastardly crime until every killer is brought to justice and put behind bars. The law will give them no mercy.”

“We condole with the families of the victims that perished in this tragedy even as we attend to the injured and give succor to their families,” he added.

Malacañang has condemned the attacks and assured the public that the culprits will be severely punished.

“We will pursue to the ends of the earth the ruthless perpetrators behind this dastardly crime until every killer is brought to justice and put behind bars,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Col. Gerry Besana, spokesperson of the military’s Western Mindanao Command, in a statement released last night said the initial result of the investigation pointed to  the Abu Sayyaf’s “Ajang-Ajang” group as the perpetrator.

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Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, said they had received earlier reports of the Abu Sayyaf’s plan to bomb in a crowded area.-ezc/NewsLine.ph

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