Earlier on Sunday, one improvised explosive device was detonated inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, located in Sulu's Jolo municipality, while another bomb exploded near its entrance. The attack has left at least 20 people dead, with the police recently lowering the earlier announced death toll that was incorrect due to double counting. Scores of others have been injured.
"The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack on 27 January at the Jolo Cathedral in Sulu in the Philippines. He expresses his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the wounded," the statement read.
Guterres has reiterated the United Nations' support to the government and people of the Philippines "in their efforts to fight terrorism and violent extremism," Haq added.
Guterres has also emphasized the importance of attackers being "swiftly" brought to justice, his deputy spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged on Sunday that Russia was ready to enhance its terrorism fight cooperation with Philippines.
*Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/Islamic State/IS), a terrorist group banned in Russia and a wide number of other countries.