By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang said that it will pursue all terrorist groups to the last elements, particularly the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) which is suspected to be behind the explosion in a military base in Sulu Friday.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement after eight people were killed in twin explosions near a military camp in Barangay Kajatian, Indanan, Sulu. Among those who were killed were 3 soldiers and the 2 suspected bombers.
In his statement, Panelo said Malacañang strongly condemns the bombing.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the explosion that occurred in a military base in Sulu, which killed and wounded scores of people,” he said.
“Authorities are eyeing the bandit Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) behind this dastardly attack,” he added.
According to the Palace official, the government will not rest and will exert all efforts to destroy those who seek to sow fear among Filipinos.
“We will pursue them and all other terrorist groups that sow and instill fear among our people. We will run after them until they can run no more,” Panelo said.
“The government will harness all its might to destroy the enemies of the state as well as their supporters to secure lasting peace in the region,” he added.
“If these bandits have not learned from the terrorists who were annihilated in Marawi, then this time they will,” he continued.