From CNN Philippines (Jan 27, 2019): At least 19 dead, 48 wounded in Jolo, Sulu church blasts — police
Days after the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, two explosions hit a cathedral in Jolo town, Sulu, leaving at least 19 people dead and more than 40 others injured, the police confirmed.
Initial reports from the Sulu Police District detailed that 19 people were killed and 48 others were wounded after two improvised explosive devices were set off in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel around 8:30 a.m. Police have yet to clarify how many soldiers and civilians were among the casualties.
Meanwhile, Lt. Col Gerry Besana, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) West Mindanao Command Spokesperson, said 17 people were dead, adding most of the casualties were from the Philippine Army's 35th Battalion, tasked to secure Jolo town proper.
The explosion comes after the Commission on Elections announced the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law on Friday, following a plebiscite where all provinces under the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao voted for its approval.