/ 4 December 2023

At least five senators on Sunday reminded everyone that educational institutions should be a safe haven for learning.

This was after the tragic bombing incident happened inside Mindanao State University that killed four persons and injured several others.

Senate President Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri said it is disheartening to see such violence play out in Marawi once again, years after the siege and well into a period of newfound peace enjoyed by the people in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

“It is especially alarming to see such a brazen attack on a state university during a Catholic Mass. No one should have to feel unsafe in places of learning and places of worship,” Zubiri said.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva said “It is truly saddening and disgusting that a sacred occasion to give honor and praise to the Lord ended in a horrific tragedy. The fact that this took place within a school, a place that should be a safe place for our students, teachers, and the community, makes it even more disturbing.”

Villanueva also called on the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, and Bangsamoro Government to immediately conduct an investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice.

For his part, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said there is no space or justification for these kinds of violence in a civilized society.

“As a nation, we must stand united against such acts of terror and work tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of our communities and educational institutions,” Cayetano added.

Senator JV Ejercito, meanwhile, stressed that it is also important to note that terrorist attacks on educational institutions, such as the MSU, not only undermine the sanctity of places of learning but also pose a direct threat to our shared values.

Senator Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. also condemned the violence which he said has no place in the society.

“Nakakalungkot at nakakagalit itong pagsabog na naganap sa Dimaporo Gym sa Mindanao State University, lalo pa at nangyari ito habang may nagaganap na misa. Places of education and practice of religion should be safe havens,” Revilla stressed.