The Philippine National Police condemns in the strongest terms the shameful attack on civilians, on board a passenger bus in Tacurong City yesterday that killed one person and wounded 11 others in what can only be described as handiwork of criminal minds.
The entire capital city of Sultan Kudarat province has been placed under tight security watch while police and military security forces fanned out across the city to find leads and step-up pursuit operations against the authors of this latest episode of senseless violence.
First responder police officers focused on immediate evacuation for medical care of the wounded, and disposition of the dead.
Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) responders are on-site to conduct post-blast investigation and ensure that there is no more threat of any secondary explosion.
We do not want to make premature conclusions as to the motive and suspects behind this crime without the benefit of evidence-based investigation, but we are not discounting the possibilities of historical data of criminal motive behind similar attacks in the past.
We assure the people of Central Mindanao that the full might of the PNP and the government will be used to arrest these criminals so that justice will be serve and the rule of law shall prevail.