Muslims seek justice for Christmas Day blast
Filipino chapel bombers must be caught to ’prevent religious unrest’
January 6, 2011
“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.
Christian-Muslim unity survives chapel attack
Bishop seeks reparation for bombed chapel
Muslims join pope to condemn Sulu bombing
Often confined at home, Augustinian order seeks to allow the disabled to contribute to society
Law will reduce instances of corruption and promote good governance, says priest from Colombo Archdiocese
Manila Archdiocese accepts two US-donated mobile clinics to help care for street children
Authorizes in Xinjiang have forced halal restaurants to open during the day in Ramadan
Catholics step in to stem potential shortage while Muslims abstain from donating during holy month