Mindanao blasts under probe, Palace assures

July 9, 2009 8:40 am 

MANILA, July 9 — Malacanang assured today that the recent spate of bombings in Mindanao is being investigated and that the threat is firmly under control.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Golez described the incidents as the handiwork of terrorists and anarchists “bent on sowing fear and intrigue for some nefarious agenda.”

He said the government is not discounting the involvement of rogue members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Jemaah Islamiyah, who may be using Mindanao as testing ground for their training in making improvised explosive devices.

“As government goes about its job of tracking down the culprits and protecting the public, what cannot be condoned are the attempts of some people to profit politically from these incidents,” Golez said in a press briefing this afternoon in Malacanang.

He pointed out that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is very much focused on governance and the public’s welfare that linking her administration to the bombings to supposedly declare martial law “is just a sorry attempt of some malicious people to politically profit from such incidents.”

“Now the critics even go as far as to accuse the Palace of complicity in the bombing incidents, supposedly as an excuse to declare martial law. As with their other big lies, this preposterous claim is offered up with not a shred of evidence in support,” he said.

Golez asked the public to remain calm and vigilant as government is doing all to resolve the bombing incidents, protect the public and look after the welfare of those displaced by the violence.

“Let us not yield the floor to the cynics and the malicious manipulators of hidden agendas who are intent of maligning the President as usual. Let us show them and the rest of the world that we are better than that,” Golez said. (PNA) scs/OPS/ssc

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