From the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) Website (Jan 27, 2019): PRESS STATEMENTS (On January 27, 2019 explosion in Sulu)
WestMinCom Commander Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega AFP
The Western Mindanao Command decries the inhumane attacks on civilians orchestrated by terrorists in Sulu.
These indiscriminate acts against innocent civilians only reflect the extremist and radical ideologies of terrorists that wreak havoc and disrespect both religions of Islam and Christianity.
We sincerely commiserate with the bereaved families of civilians killed in the blast at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Barangay Walled City, Jolo, Sulu this morning.
We also mourn the loss of our comrades in arms, but this will, all the more, motivate us to intensify our combat operations and crush terrorist groups in Sulu.
This is a resounding call on every God-fearing Suluanon to take part and to help the armed forces to defeat terrorism in Sulu.
Truly, there is no better solution but to work in harmony to bring the coveted peace in the province.
Joint Task Force Sulu Commander Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo, Jr. AFP
JTFS strongly condemns the bombing incident in Jolo Cathedral.
Such act of terror that victimizes non- combatants (civilians) to advance personal objectives is a blatant display of cowardice which do not conform with tradition & teachings of Islam.
JTFS will relentlessly hunt the perpetrators of this terror act until justice is served.
We will remain steadfast & committed as the Joloano’s active partner in bringing peace in Sulu.
The people of Sulu will never be frightened.
Your JTF Sulu will continue to protect the people of Sulu.