Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – November 7, 2022
An explosion transpired in Sultan Kudarat on Sunday morning, November 6, 2022. Based on the report from Joint Task Force Central, a bus of the Yellow Bus Line was traversing the road from Kidapawan City to Tacurong City via Mlang and Tulunan. While it was about to enter the public terminal at Purok Duranta, Barangay Poblacion, Tacurong City, a bomb, believed to be an improvised explosive device exploded inside it. The bus with body number 2588 was carrying 29 passengers.
The explosion resulted in the instantaneous death of one civilian passenger, identified as Gilbert Gabosa, male, 56 years old, and a resident of Carmen, North Cotabato. The incident also resulted in the wounding of nine civilian passengers and two military personnel.
"We condemn this act to the highest degree. This is a cowardly act of the terrorist group and peace spoilers that put the lives of innocent civilians in danger and doing so is a violation of both human rights and international humanitarian law. In this regard, we are working with the PNP investigators to neutralize these terrorists,” Maj. Gen. Roy Galido, Commander of Joint Task Force Central said. "We will exert efforts so that we can identify who are the culprits of this incident and pursue proper actions according to law.”
Military troops assigned in the area immediately secured the place while a team from the bomb disposal unit rendered safe procedures.
“We hope for the speedy recovery of the injured civilians who were immediately brought to the nearest hospital for proper medical care and treatment. While we already have a lead on the possible perpetrators, we will continue our investigation to accurately identify and pursue these heartless attackers. We will not stop hunting down the perpetrators to bring them to the bar of justice. We continue to intensify our internal security efforts to counter similar incidents that risk the lives of innocent civilians,” Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas, Acting Commander of Western Mindanao Command said.