Sulu Rep. Munir Arbison condemns Davao blast PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 September 2016 14:37

Congressman Munir M. Arbison, (2nd District, Sulu), on Saturday strongly condemned the explosion at the busy night market in Davao City Friday night where 14 people were killed and 67 others were injured.

At the same he also expressed deep concern over the deteriorating peace and order condition in Sulu province in view of the wave of criminality perpetrated by terrorists and kidnap for ransom groups even as he strongly supports government punitive efforts to address the problem and stabilize the situation for the protection and interest of peace loving citizens of the province.

“The bomb attack in Davao is a despicable act of criminality perpetrated without regard for the sanctity of human lives that we, leaders and peaceful citizens of a civilized nation must    overcome hand in hand,” Congressman Arbison said.

Authorities are still collecting and evaluating pieces of blast evidence at the scene to determine the kind of explosive used even as media reports initially said that a mortar shell component has been found by investigators from the blast site.

“I, my family and the political leadership of the 2nd District of Sulu join the families in prayer for their loss and those wounded in the explosion as we hope that they find the courage and strength to move on, “ the lawmaker said.

Initially, government authorities attributed the attack to the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) as the perpetrators, but said it has yet to be validated and confirmed by the intelligence community.

As of this writing though, a national media outfit has reported that a self-pronounced Abu Sayyaf spokesman allegedly claimed responsibility for the Davao bombing.

This allusion to the Abu Sayyaf is strengthened by the belief that the Davao attack was carried out to ease the pressure by the relentless and ongoing military operations against the ASG in Sulu to flush out the terrorist group once and for all.

Arbison fully supports the military operations to enforce the full force of the law and stop lawlessness of the ASG and other criminal syndicates in the affected towns of Sulu.

Thousands of residents fearing for their lives and safety have evacuated to safe areas and evacuation centers in Sulu and are being attended to by local government authorities.

“Our province has long suffered from perennial atrocities by terrorist and criminal groups. It must end now for the benefit of the next generation and the those yet to come after us, Arbison said.