WATCH: Inside the Jolo Cathedral after the blasts

Rambo Talabong
WATCH: Inside the Jolo Cathedral after the blasts
The cathedral the morning after Sunday's fatal explosions

MANILA, Philippines – The first powerful blast shattered windows, smashed church pews, and maimed bodies in Jolo on Sunday, January 27. On Monday morning, January 28, the altar stood unshaken as Manila-based officials arrived for an ocular.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde and other generals flew to the blast site to check the extent of the destruction caused by the twin blasts at the Jolo Cathedral.

Albayalde told reporters after his visit that the bombs were likely detonated remotely through a cellphone. The bomb squad is still looking for fragments for more conclusive tests. (READ: What we know so far in the Jolo Cathedral bombing)

The Jolo Cathedral was bombed on Sunday as around 100 people were hearing their morning Mass. (READ: At least 20 dead in Jolo Cathedral bombing)

Police said a first improvised explosive device detonated at around 8:58 am – as the Mass was ongoing – targeting the civilians. Around 15 seconds after, another exploded at the cathedral’s entrance as government troopers came to respond.

At least 23 people were killed and more than a hundred others were wounded from the blasts. The death toll rose as of February 4. (READ: LIST: Jolo Cathedral bombings, attacks since 2000)

Below are the videos from Albayalde’s visit, as compiled by Rappler.

– Rappler.com 

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.