President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. denounced the bombing at the Mindanao State University (MSU) and Marawi communities on Sunday that killed four people, assuring that the government is on top of the situation and helping the victims of the terrorist attack.
The President extended his condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims, blaming foreign terrorists behind the bombing.
“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the senseless and most heinous acts perpetrated by foreign terrorists upon the Mindanao State University (MSU) and Marawi communities early this Sunday morning. Extremists who wield violence against the innocent will always be regarded as enemies to our society,” President Marcos said in a statement.
“I extend my most heartfelt condolences to the victims, their loved ones, and the communities that have been the target of this latest assault on peace,” the President added.
Initial reports said four people were killed in the bombing incident at the MSU, Marawi City on Sunday while several others were injured.
The chief executive said that the government is now working closely with the regional government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and the concerned local government units for their swift response in what he called as the “latest assault on peace.”
“I have instructed the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to ensure the protection and safety of civilians and the security of affected and vulnerable communities. Additional security personnel are also being deployed,” the President said.
Marcos also assured the public to “bring the perpetrators of this ruthless act to justice.”
The President gave his assurance to the residents of Marawi City that security measures are being intensified across the university campus and the nearby areas.
The President called on the public to remain calm, circumspect and conscientious to ensure that the “horrific events” are not further compounded by inaccurate, unvetted, and unofficial information.
The President also called on the public to keep the victims, their families and the communities in prayers while in unity against violence and extremism. “Let us all keep the victims, their families, and our communities in our prayers.” PND