Jolo, Philippines, Aug 31, 2020 / 15:25 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Following twin bombings in a southern region of the Philippines, a local bishop is asking the government not to impose martial law without first listening to the citizens.
Bishop Charlie Inzon, apostolic vicar of Jolo, told Radio Veritas, “It would be better to consult stakeholders, such as the local government, civil society organizations, religious groups, people’s organizations, [for any decision] to be successful.”
He stressed that constitutional rights should be respected as the government weighs its response to the bombings that occurred August 24.
Two explosions rocked the capital city of Jolo, a southwestern island in the Philippines, last week, killing 15 and injuring at least 72 more.
The first blast took place shortly before noon near the town plaza, killing both civilians and military personnel who were engaged in humanitarian outreach efforts.