Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito G. Galvez Jr. called for an impartial investigation of the mortar shelling in Maguindanao province where two children were killed and several others were wounded.
The former military general said he has directed the government’s peace mechanism to probe the incident, which took place in Barangay Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan Sunday, May 24, coinciding the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which marked the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan.
“We are saddened by what transpired on Sunday. We would like to assure our Moro brothers and sisters that we shall leave no stone unturned as we seek justice for the victims,” Galvez said Tuesday, May 26.
“I would like to appeal to the residents who have been affected by the ongoing armed conflict, as well as the leadership of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, for calmness and sobriety as authorities conduct an investigation on the incident,” he added.
According to reports prior to the incident, members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) carried out simultaneous acts of harassment against military detachments and killed soldiers manning quarantine control points.
Quarantine control points have been established in communities across the country to ensure the strict implementation of community quarantine protocols as part of the government’s measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.