MILF: Revolutionaries not behind Jolo church blasts

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Posted at Jan 28 2019 11:24 AM | Updated as of Jan 28 2019 11:58 AM

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MANILA - Revolutionary forces could not be behind the Jolo church blasts and the public should not immediately link the incident to the recently concluded Bangsamoro plebiscite, a leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front said Tuesday.

The MILF, the country's largest Moro rebel group, condemned the incident that took place less than a week after the plebiscite that ratified a law that seeks wider autonomy to the region's Mulsim minority.

Sulu, which includes Jolo, voted against inclusion in the Bangsamoro, which will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. However, Sulu will still be part of the Bangsamoro since the entire ARMM voted "yes."

"Let us wait for the final result of the investigation by the government because to conclude at this time who did it is speculation because there is no result of the investigation yet," said MILF vice-chairman Ghazali Jaafar.

"No revolutionary group or members of a true revolutionary organization will do that because when you plant bomb in the middle of a population, there will be victims—some will die, some will get wounded, but who knows if those who will die or be wounded are your relatives and friends and many supporters," he told ANC's Early Edition.

At least 20 were killed and dozens more were wounded when a bomb went off in the Jolo cathedral during Sunday mass. The military believes Abu Sayyaf bandits might be behind the incident, while the Islamic State claimed responsibility for it.