May 25, 2020
The leadership of the Bangsamoro Government condemns in the strongest term the mortar shelling that happened yesterday (May 24, 2020) in Barangay Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao which resulted in the tragic death of two minor siblings and the wounding of several others, including the mother of the slain children. The fatalities were identified as Aslamiya and Asnaida, both female and surnamed Tambak, whose ages were 10 and 7 years old, respectively.
This violence committed against hapless civilians is totally inhumane and evil, occurring as it did on what is supposed to be a festive day of Eid’l Fitr. It also compounds the present difficulties of our people as they struggle through with the COVID-19 pandemic. Only the heartless criminals can commit such a wicked act.
We call on the law enforcement agencies in Maguindanao, especially the Police Provincial Office and the 6th Infantry Division (Kampilan) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, to conduct an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation of this tragedy and bring into the bar of justice those who are responsible, no matter who they are or affiliated to. This gruesome crime must not be let to pass into an unsolved incident.
We also urge the Bangsamoro Human Rights Commission to initiate its own investigation.
The Bangsamoro Government shall do everything possible in securing justice for the victims of this senseless tragedy.
Refer to: Bureau of Public Information-BARMM
Contact Name and Number: Ameen Andrew L. Alonto / 0917-5221983