BISHOPS condemned the deadly blasts at a cathedral in Jolo, Sulu as the “most heinous desecration” of a sacred place.
Sunday’s incident killed 15 civilians and five soldiers when two bomb explosions hit the Jolo Cathedral while Sunday Mass was ongoing. Five soldiers and several civilians were among those killed, authorities said, adding that more than 70 others were injured.
Cardinal Orlando Quevedo and Archbishop-elect Angelito Lampon deplored the attacks made “on a sacred day, and at a sacred moment of worship.”
“It is truly a satanic act that all sacred religions must condemn. This is the action of evil people with utter disregard for the sacredness of human life and of human dignity,” the two former religious leaders of Jolo said.
Quevedo previously served as parish priest of Jolo while Lampon is the vicariate’s erstwhile bishop.
Lampon succeeded Quevedo as archbishop of Cotabato after the cardinal resigned from the post in November last year.
The church leaders also appealed to authorities “to flush out the perpetrators of this barbaric crime and bring them to justice.”