Press Release
July 8, 2009

'Spare the innocent' says Trillanes

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV denounced the recent spate of bombings in the country and offered condolences to the families of civilian casualties.

"We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, these heinous acts of terrorism and whoever's behind them," he said. "Those responsible for these bombings must spare the lives of the innocent from the pursuit of their political ends."

Two separate blasts occurred in southern Philippines on Tuesday morning, killing six people and injuring 40 others.

An improvised explosive device (IED) went off in Poblacion village in front of the Gotoling Hardware along Sanchez Street in Jolo. Another IED went off in Iligan City, hurting seven people including two soldiers, according to police.

On Sunday an IED planted in front of the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral in Cotabato yielded five fatalities while wounding 29 people.

Also last week a security guard at the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City received an anonymous bomb threat over the phone, three days after a powerful bomb exploded inside its premises. The earlier incident left no casualties but damaged several structures in the compound.

Trillanes said that while urgent measures to ensure public safety must be sought, the Administration must also do everything to convince the public that it is not in any way connected with what's going on in the country.

"I really hope this is not a government scenario again. They should realize that even power is not worth the life of an innocent man," he added.

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