Malacañang condemns Mumbai terrorist attacks, sympathizes with families of victims
Manila (28 November) -- Malacañang condemned yesterday the terrorist attacks on India's financial district of Mumbai Wednesday by saying that the Philippines and all Filipinos join the entire Indian nation and the rest of the world in its collective quest to end terrorism.
In a statement read by Deputy Spokesperson Anthony Golez in Malacañang, Golez said the country condoled with the families of the victims of the attacks which, according to reports, have already claimed more than 100 lives.
"The entire Filipino nation and the Filipinos around the world mourn with the families of those who died, and sympathize with those who were hurt because of the Mumbai attacks," Golez said.
"We condemn these terroristic attacks against mankind and we will be united with the entire Indian nation and the rest of the world in the quest to end terrorism the soonest possible time," he added.
He pointed out that the Mumbai attacks "have been the cause of concern with regards to terrorism and terroristic attacks and that is the reason why… we are beefing up all our security and making sure that each and every citizen can be responsible also in giving out intelligence reports to our authorities in order for these attacks not to happen here in the country."
He expressed confidence that the law enforcement agencies and its intelligence network were always on alert to prevent similar attacks from happening in the country.
"Rest assured that the government is doing everything it can to counter these terroristic activities," Golez said.
Teams of gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant, a crowded train station and a Jewish group's headquarters in India's financial capital, killing at least 101 people, taking Westerners hostage and leaving parts of the city under siege Thursday, according to AP. (PIA-MMIO) [top]