Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito G. Galvez Jr. on Tuesday called for an investigation of the explosion in Barangay Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao, that killed two children and wounded several others on May 24.
The incident took place during the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, which marked the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan.
“We are saddened by what transpired on Sunday. We would like to assure our Moro brothers and sisters that we shall leave no stone unturned as we seek justice for the victims,” Galvez said.
Reports before the incident said members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters harassed military detachments and killed soldiers manning quarantine control points, which were put up to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following Galvez’s order, the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities and the International Monitoring Team started their probe of the incident.
And on Monday, Western Mindanao Command Chief Cirilito Sobejana met with BARMM officials over the incident.
"We will let the Bayanihan spirit work to give justice to the victims and ensure the protection of the people from harm," Sobejana said.
MILG-BARMM Minister Naguib Sinarimbo met Monday with Sobejana over the incident.
“We will get to the bottom of this incident to avoid making hasty conclusions pending the completion of the investigation,” Sinarimbo said.
On Monday, Sinarimbo visited the site of the incident. He also visited the wounded victims and promised them assistance.
Around 4 p.m. on Sunday, a kind of 81-mm mortar projectile launched from nowhere hit four houses in Barangay Kitango that killed two children aged 10 and seven and wounded 14 others.
Troopers from the Army’s 57th Infantry Battalion have been battling the ISIS-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in the interiors of Datu Saudi Ampatuan and its environs in the past several weeks.