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article imagePeople Urged to Help Lawmen Track Bombers

By Ronel Pelovello     Jul 8, 2009 in Crime
House Speaker Prospero Nograles on Wednesday urged the people, especially those from Mindanao, to cooperate and help authorities track the perpetrators behind the series of deadly bombing attacks in Southern Philippines.
“Regardless of creed or religion and political inclinations, we all must act to end these series of criminal acts,” Nograles said in a statement.
A total of eight people were killed and more than 50 others were wounded in five separate bomb attacks in various places in Mindanao in a space of just two days.
On Sunday a bomb went off in front of a Catholic Church in Cotabato City. A couple of days later, four separate bomb explosions rocked Mindanao anew: two of the blasts occurred in Lanao Del Norte, one in Iligan City and another in Jolo, Sulu.
Authorities are looking at the possible involvement in the bombing attacks by Al-Qaeda linked groups, including the Jemaah Islamiyah, Abu Sayyaf, and the Special Operations Group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
The MILF, through its spokesperson Eid Kabalu, earlier denied any hand in the bombing attacks.
Nograles said the people should report to authorities all possible information that would lead to the identification and arrests of the culprits behind the recent spate of bombings in the South, which victimized innocent civilians.
He said every citizen should be more vigilant and report to the nearest officers of the law any suspicious characters in their localities.
“Complacency and indifference could even be worse that the crime itself. Let us all be actively involved in our common quest for peace,” Nograles said.
“Our police and military personnel can’t possibly set their eyes on every nook and corner of the archipelago. We need the full cooperation of the citizenry. We all have a stake in our quest for peace and development,” he stressed.
Nograles earlier said these cowardly acts should be condemned by all, Muslims and Christians alike.
He said the deadly incidents should d serve as a challenge for the people to “unite and do their role as active citizens, no matter how insignificant a role may seem.”
Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Arthur Defensor, expressed also optimism that the perpetrators of these bombings will pay for their crime.
“Justice will surely catch up with these criminals. With the help of our people, authorities will be able to follow their tracks to give justice to the innocent victims,” Defensor said
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