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Senators, CBCP condemn Davao City explosion

Senators yesterday condemned the explosion that rocked Davao City Friday night.

Senate President Koko Pimentel called the incident a “dastardly and cowardly act against the peace-loving people of Davao City.”

“There is no excuse for hurting and killing civilians who were simply enjoying a night out with friends and family,’’ Pimentel said. “My prayers are with the victims of the terrorist attack and their families. Justice must be served and the Senate will be supportive in achieving this justice. The police should be supported in solving this crime so that they can bring the perpetrators to justice,’’ he said.

“All of us should help and find ways to improve our security measures in order to forestall a similar event in the future,” Pimentel added.

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the Friday night bombing in Davao City. Whoever perpetrated this dastardly act should be hunted and held accountable before our courts,’’ Sen. Juan Miguel F. Zubiri said.

Zubiri called on the police and other law enforcement agencies to exert relentless efforts in the investigation of the incident.

“We must stand united to fight violence and terror. Let us all stand ready to lend our support in solidarity with the people of Davao,’’ Sen. Nancy Binay said.

According to Sen. Bam Aquino IV, “this act of terrorism is unacceptable.”

“We must bring to justice those responsible for the killing of innocent people and ensure that similar barbaric acts will not happen in the future,’’ he said.

“Our prayers to the victims of the Davao city bombing and their families,’’ Sen. Francis Pangilinan said.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines grieved over the death of innocent victims of the blast.

“We grieve over the death of innocent brothers and sisters due to the bombing past midnight,” CBCP President Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a News Post. “We pray for peace for the dead victims. We pray for healing for the wounded. We pray for strength for the bereaved families,” he added.

Villegas said the CBCP is in “prayerful communion” with Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles and the people in Mindanao’s largest city. The CBCP head, however, warned against hatred and vengeance and called on the faithful to carry out acts of peace. (Mario B. Casayuran and Leslie Ann G. Aquino)