Davao churches ban bags, backpacks after Jolo blasts

January 31, 2019

THE Archdiocese of Davao has prohibited some items inside churches following the twin blasts at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu.

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles released a circular on Jan. 29 stating the prohibited items include knapsacks, backpacks, cartons and similar items.

“Only small purses and the like are allowed,” said Valles, adding the directive will be in effect until further notice due to “current threat of violence” in the region.

Valle added that the archdiocese have to take up security measures upon the advice of law enforcement agencies. The death toll in the twin blasts has climbed to 21 and scores of wounded persons are still in hospitals.

Pope Francis has earlier condemned the violence that “causes more mourning in the Christian community.”