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Prez Duterte expected to visit Jolo cathedral to inspect bombing site

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 35th Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM) founding anniversary at Camp General Mariano Riego De Dios in Tanza, Cavite on November 22, 2018. RICHARD MADLEO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday, January 28, is expected to visit the cathedral in Jolo, Sulu where the twin explosion took place.

Duterte will be visiting Our Lady of Mt Carmel Cathedral to see for himself the damage brought by the twin blast last Sunday. The said explosion left at least 20 casualties and 120 others injured.

Meanwhile, security officials like Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año are already in Jolo ahead of Duterte.

Presently, the town of Jolo in Sulu province is currently placed under a lock-down, which means no one other than servicemen, and government officials would be allowed to enter.

The deadly explosions in Jolo, one of them taking place inside the cathedral itself, happened while the entire region of Mindanao is under martial law.

The explosion also took place two days after the  Commission on Elections announced the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Sulu had rejected the ratification of the landmark law which will create the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

However, Sulu will still become part of the BARMM, regardless of its “no” vote, since a majority of voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) voted to ratify the law.


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