Crime scene at Dimoro Gymnasium, Mindanao State University, Brgy. Dimalna, Marawi City that resulted to the death of four (4) persons and wounding other individuals. (Photo courtesy of Provincial Government of Lanao Del Sur)

COTABATO CITY (December 3, 2023) —
“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the senseless and most heinous acts perpetrated by foreign terrorists upon the Mindanao State University (MSU) and Marawi communities early this Sunday morning. Extremists who wield violence against the innocent will always be regarded as enemies to our society,” President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said in a statement.

The chief executive said that the government is now working closely with the regional government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) headed by Chief Minister Ahod “Al-haj” Murad Ebrahim and the concerned local government units for their swift response in what he called as the “latest assault on peace.”

“I thank them for their swift and immediate response to the incident and for their ready support for the victims,” Marcos said.

President Marcos has assured the public to “bring the perpetrators of this senseless act to justice.”

In the recent social media post, President Marcos also gave his assurance to the residents of Marawi City that security measures are being intensified across the university campus and the nearby areas.

“I have instructed the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to ensure the protection and safety of civilians and the security of affected and vulnerable communities,” President Marcos said.

There were additional security personnel to be deployed, said in a statement; assuring the public that the government is on top of the situation and helping the victims of the terrorist attack.

President Marcos also extended his condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims, blaming foreign terrorists behind the bombing attack.

“I extend my most heartfelt condolences to the victims, their loved ones, and the communities that have been the target of this latest assault on peace. Government assistance to those impacted is ready and forthcoming,” the President added.

The President called on the public to remain calm, circumspect and conscientious to ensure that the “horrific events” are not further compounded by inaccurate, unvetted, and unofficial information. (Tu Alid Alfonso, BMN/BangsamoroToday)

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