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Palace concerned, not alarmed by Cotabato, Leyte blasts

Palace spokesman refuses to condemn, blame any group for blasts, says probes are still ongong
By: - Reporter / @MRamosINQ
/ 05:19 PM December 29, 2016

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella.  KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

MANILA — Malacañang did not condemn the separate bomb attacks in Cotabato and Leyte provinces, which happened while President Duterte’s declaration of state of lawlessness was still in effect in the entire country.

The blasts, which wounded 40 people, occurred just four days after a hand grenade lobbed outside a Catholic church in Midsayap, North Cotabato, on Christmas Eve injured 12 people.


Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Wednesday said the bombings were still being investigated by authorities.

“They are all under investigation right now,” Abella said in a press conference. “We don’t have categorical statements regarding those matters. Everything is under investigation.”


Asked if the Palace received briefings from state forces about the bomb attacks, he said: “I’m sure they have heard about it. But we don’t have any reports regarding specifics.”

Abella said the violent episodes were “an area of concern, but not alarming.”

When asked why the people should not be alarmed, he replied: “Simply because, first and foremost, nobody… has taken responsibility for those explosions. So we cannot pinpoint any specific area or person responsible (for these).”  SFM/rga

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