Aquino expresses sympathy with Malaysian counterpart owing to airline tragedy

March 28, 2014 9:38 am 

MANILA, March 27 — President Benigno S. Aquino III personally empathized with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak whose government is currently in the middle of providing closure to the tragedy caused by the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

Prime Minister Razak was in Malacañang Thursday to grace the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“Your Excellency, the Filipino people and I are filled with sincere appreciation for your presence here today and that of your wife Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor—especially since we know full well that you and your government have the heavy responsibility of attending to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370,” President Aquino said during a merienda cena hosted in honor of his Malaysian counterpart and other dignitaries after the historic event.

“Such a tragedy understandably led to an outpouring of emotion—of uncertainty, anxiety, and anger—and you, as head of government, were thrust into a position where you were asked to immediately answer questions to which the full answers were not available. I empathize with you fully.”

The Philippines was among the many countries that immediately came to Malaysia’s rescue by offering its military assets after the mysterious disappearance of Flight MH370. President Aquino reiterated this gesture.

“The sadness of this event weighs heavily on all people of goodwill around the world, and in this spirit, the Filipino people and myself reiterate our offer of any and all forms of assistance that we can possibly render,” he said, adding that “it is especially during the most challenging times when brother nations should stand in support for one another.”

Flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur, carrying 239 passengers and crew, and was supposed to land in Beijing when it vanished in midflight on March 8. After weeks of intense search, Prime Minister Razak confirmed in a recent statement that “ended in the southern Indian Ocean.” Its wreckage, however, is yet to be recovered by authorities. (PNA)

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