House Speaker urges Mindanaoans to take a stand vs terrorism

July 6, 2009 9:16 am 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, July 6 — House Speaker Prospero Nograles on Monday condemned the latest bombing in Cotabato City which killed five persons and wounded 45 others when a homemade bomb tore through the lechon store outside the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

"Every horrendous killing must be strongly condemned. I call on all the good citizens of our region to strengthen our stand for justice … a justice that protects our people in the pursuit for peace," said Nograles in a text message.

He said that last Sunday's bombing near the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cotabato City that killed the innocent civilians "should not dampen our spirit and resolve to confront and neutralize those who continue to destroy our gains in bringing peace and development not only in Cotabato but in the entire Mindanao as well."

Nograles said the latest act of terrorism is very unfortunate as it came at a time when he was able to secure the commitment of Australian political and business leaders for an increased investment and development aid in Mindanao.

"This cowardly act should be condemned by all, Muslims and Christians alike, and this should already serve as a reminder that unless Mindanaoans unite to bring those responsible to justice and end the cycle of terror and atrocities, Mindanao will and will always remain a land of promise," he stated.

"Our strongest weapon against terrorism is freedom… freedom from deprivation, freedom from ignorance, (and) freedom from the control of violence. It's time that we should take a stand to stop these bombings and other acts of terrorism. It's the only way we can bring peace and progress in Mindanao," he added.

In Malacanang, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has ordered an inter-agency effort to get to the bottom of Sunday’s deadly bombing near a cathedral in Cotabato City, and to get the perpetrators soonest.

Presidential Adviser for Mindanao Jesus Dureza, in a radio interview, said he is set to meet concerned government officials in Cotabato City to discuss the latest explosion in southern Philippines.

"Inutusan ng Pangulo ang mga ahensya ng gobyerno (na) una, para yung responsable riyan ay mananagot; at pangalawa, asikasuhin ang mga biktima sa pagsabog (The President has ordered all concerned agencies to go after the perpetrators, and to take care of the victims in the blast)," he said. (PNA)

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