ISABELA CITY, Basilan, May 30 (PIA) – In a statement posted in her personal facebook account, Isabela City Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman tells residents here to remain calm after two explosions rocked the city, Monday afternoon.
“Habang ginagawa ng ating mga otoridad ang imbestigasyon, tayo po ay nananawagan sa lahat na manatiling mapagmatyag ngunit kalmado. Iwasan po muna natin ang mga spekulasyon at lalong huwag magpalaganap ng takot,” she said.
She stressed that Basilan has been peaceful for a long time and it can be seen in the fast growing economy of the area. She even called on people's cooperation to let everyone know that there is no threat that will hinder the development in the city and the entire province.
“Matagal na pong tahimik ang ating syudad at ang buong probinsiya ng Basilan. Patuloy pong umaarangkada ang ating ekonomiya at gumaganda ang ating kabuhayan. Pagtulungan po nating mapanatili ito at ipaalam sa lahat na walang pananakot ang makakapigil sa ating pagbangon,” she emphasized.
The two explosions in Isabela City have caused panic and fear among the residents. At around 5:33pm, the first explosion took place behind Jollibee building. The second occurred within the premises of D’ Biel Transportation Company which caused damages within the area where two individuals were reportedly incurred minor injuries.
The combined forces of the Philippine National Police and Bomb Squad immediately responded and are still investigating the causes of the incidents.(RVC/EDT/NDR/PIA9-Basilan)