Palace condemns blasts in Cotabato, Maguindanao

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 23 2019 03:07 PM

MANILA- Malacañang condemned Monday the several bombings in the provinces of Cotabato and Maguindanao as it warned enemies of the state that they are "doomed to fail."

At least 22 people were wounded in the different blasts on Sunday, just days before the government lifts martial law in Mindanao due to the supposed "weakening of the terrorist and extremist rebellion."

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms last night's grenade attacks and explosion incidents in Cotabato and Maguindanao which left scores wounded, including soldiers who were conducting patrols," Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.

"Any attempt to sow fear, hatred and violence is doomed to fail. We will pursue the perpetrators and will harness all our might to crush all evil forces or enemies of the state, as well as their supporters," he added.

The Palace official also called on the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities and persons to authorities.

No groups have yet claimed responsibility for the attacks which are already being investigated by the police and military.