Members of the United Youth for Peace and Development discuss strengthening Muslim-Christian dialogue in Jolo following the blast
Looking to ward off religious unrest, Muslim youths in the southern Philippines are demanding justice for 10 people injured in a Christmas Day bombing of a chapel in Jolo, Sulu
“Resorting to arms and violence for whatever political or religious end can never justify an attack on human lives,” said Anwar Upahm from the United Youth for Peace and Development
group told ucanews.com.
“It is an assault on peace and an insult to the right of any religious group to observe their faith and tradition,” he said.
More than a week after the incident, police
have yet to identify the suspects.
“The police must double their efforts to arrest the criminals and bring them to justice to prevent a repeat of the incident,” the group said in a statement.
It also urged Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and human rights commission
chief Loretta Ann Rosales “to provide victims of the blast assistance with their recovery, compensation, and to address the prevailing problems affecting peace and law and order in Jolo.”
Meanwhile, Oblates priest Romeo P. Villanueva, who was assisting the priest when the Asturias Sacred Heart chapel was bombed, said he doesn’t believe there is animosity between Muslims and Christians in the area. “However, there are bad elements among Muslims as well as among Christians,” he said.
He urged Christians not to point accusing fingers at local Muslims.
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