Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay extended his condolences to the families of the 15 victims of the Jolo bombing last August 24.
In his message, the general also extended his prayers to the 74 wounded in the attack allegedly carried out by the Abu Sayyaf group (ASG).
According to the chief of staff, before the explosion, the bandits were targeted by combat operation and intelligence gathering.
Meanwhile, Gen. also appealed. It is the duty of all citizens to include in their prayers the victims of further violence.
“Terrorism remains a threat to any democracy. We appeal to all freedom-loving Filipinos to join hands with your Armed Forces of the Philippines as we strengthen our efforts to secure our borders and provide a safe environment for Filipinos, ”Gapay said in a statement. “National security is a shared responsibility that requires trust, respect, and cooperation from the citizenry. Everyone should be aware of their surroundings and report all suspicious persons, doubtful activities, and left behind personal belongings while remaining vigilant at all times. ”