Scott, Chabot Statement on Jolo Cathedral Bombing
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), co-chairs of the US-Philippines Friendship Caucus, released the following statement after two bombs went off at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Philippines, on Sunday:
“We are completely stunned by the Jolo cathedral bombing. Many innocent people lost their lives in a double assault as they were worshipping and trying to escape the explosion. Our hearts are with the families who have lost loved ones and we pray for the speedy recovery of the more than one hundred individuals who were wounded in the attack. As co-chairs of the US-Philippines Friendship Caucus we will continue to stand with our friends in the Philippines and more importantly, we condemn the heartless actions and will remain vigilant to ensure that these terrorist groups are stopped.”
The bombing occurred on Sunday. According to the authorities, one bomb went off inside the church and another went off in a nearby parking lot. The bombs killed 20 people and injured many others. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack, although this claim has not yet been independently verified.