Manila, 27 January 2019–On behalf of the United Nations System in the Philippines, we were shocked to learn of the bombing earlier today at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu.
We express our deepest condolences with the victims of this attack, civilian and security
personnel alike, and offer our sympathy to all affected communities in Sulu. The United Nations condemns the attack, and any form of violent extremism, and we hope that the perpetrators can quickly be identified and brought to justice.
The United Nations stands in solidarity with all who have been affected by this cowardly act. That it occurs at a historical moment in the peace process in Bangsamoro should strengthen the joint resolve of all responsible parties to pursue lasting peace in a region that has sufferedfrom conflict for far too long.
Manila, 27 January 2019