(Statement of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez, Jr. on the bombing in Cotabato City)
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process extends our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to the families of the victims of the recent bomb attack in Cotabato City, and we pray for the quick recovery of the injured.
In these trying times when our resolve to pursue just and enduring peace is being tested, I encourage everyone to practice sobriety and not be swayed to spread unfounded speculations relating to the incident.
This is an isolated case and our security forces are on top of the situation. Let’s trust that the perpetrators will be brought to justice and that acts like this will be stopped.
While we strongly condemn this treacherous and cowardly attack against humanity and the peace-loving people of Cotabato City, we also pray that the perpetrators find remorse for their actions which is against the sacredness of life, and our beliefs as Christians, Muslims and Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao.
Let us not allow this incident to discourage us to unite and act as one in our collective aspiration to achieve just and enduring peace not just in Mindanao, but in the whole country.
Let’s continue working for peace in 2019 and in all the years to come.