By Billy Begas
Maguindanao Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu on Sunday condemned the “treacherous terrorist attack” in Datu Piang, Maguindanao, which injured eight individuals including a 13-year old boy.
“This act is an affront not only to the people of Maguindanao but to all humanity,” Mangudadatu said.
He said that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.
“All acts, methods and practices of terrorism, cannot or should be justified under any circumstances. Hindi ang pagdudulot ng perwisyo o ang pagkitil sa buhay ang paraan upang maihayag mo anuman ang iyong tinatayuan o ipinaglalaban. Mananatili kaming kaisa sa paglaban sa tunay na terrorismo or in acts of terrorism that directly undermine peace and security and endangers our ongoing efforts in the Bangsamoro Region,” Mangudadatu added.
Initial investigation showed that an improvised explosive device exploded in Datu Piang municipal court last Saturday afternoon where a volleyball game was being held.
Investigators are yet to identify who could be behind the attack.
The victims belong to the LGBTQ+ community.