The military forces said they are still investigating the cause of the explosions, but they suspect the bombings are related to militant Islamists linked to the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.
The authorities detailed that each bomb exploded within an hour of each other in Joló, the capital of the Muslim-majority province of Sulú. The region has been the battleground between military forces and the Abu Sayyaf group.
We, together with our counterparts, are still determining the details of the explosion through post blast investigation.
At the moment our troops on the ground are evacuating and providing treatment for the casualties while securing the area.
One bomb was attached to a motorcycle when it exploded next to a military truck outside of a supermarket. A female suicide bomber detonated the second as the soldiers tried to prevent her from entering the secured area.
Local media outlets report that eight soldiers and six civilians were killed while 27 security staff and 48 civilians were injured.
On the other hand, the city of Jolo has been locked following the explosions as the Philippine Coast Guard issued a "red alert" for the province and neighboring regions.