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17/07/2009: Statement of the Hon. Alberto G. Romulo, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, on the Bombing of the Marriot and Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia on 17 July 2009

The Philippine Government strongly condemns the bombings of the Marriot Hotel and the Ritz-Carlton in Jakarta this morning. As Indonesia’s close friend and neighbor, we stand steadfast with the people and Government of Indonesia in this time of tragedy.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo offers her condolences to the people of Indonesia and to the families of the innocent victims. Our prayers extend to them and to those who are recovering from their injuries.

Taking away the lives and liberties of people, whether Indonesian or foreigner, serves no purpose whatsoever. It only undermines the cause for peace and stability sought by the peoples of the world.

These dastardly and inhumane acts all the more reinforce the need for vigilance and greater and deeper cooperation regionally and globally, to counter, prevent and suppress all acts of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

The Philippine Government fully supports the efforts of the Indonesian Government to effectively deal with this dark episode and to bring the perpetrators to justice. END