The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is saddened and troubled by the devastating news of the explosion that occurred today at the Mindanao State University Gym in Marawi City. Initial reports show that the tragic incident has resulted in the loss of precious lives. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims, and my thoughts are with those injured in this senseless act of violence.

I condemn in the strongest terms these atrocious and cowardly acts. We stand firm and united against any form of violence and extremism that threatens the peace and harmony of our society. Such acts not only take away innocent lives but also sow fear and discord among our people.

We urge the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation to swiftly bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice. The Bangsamoro Government is fully committed to supporting and cooperating with the investigative agencies to ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their wicked actions.

In this moment of grief and shock, let us come together as a community, embracing one another with compassion and solidarity. It is through unity and collective resolve that we will overcome such challenges and continue to strive for a peaceful and cohesive Bangsamoro.

The MSU is an academic institution that has always welcomed people of different faiths and we must see to it that this tradition will endure these times of tribulations.

We call upon everyone to remain vigilant and report to proper authorities any suspicious activities or personalities in your areas. Let us stand together in upholding peace and promoting understanding among all communities in our region. Let us reject violence and all forms of extremism and work tirelessly towards a future where safety, justice, and tolerance prevail.

HON. AHOD B. EBRAHIM
Chief Minister
COTABATO CITY
DECEMBER 3, 2023
JUMADA AL-AWWAL 19, 1445 AH

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