PH gov’t calls for ASEAN solidarity amid Indonesia crisis
By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte has urged ASEAN members to strengthen solidarity after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia.
The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi island has climbed to 1,571, according to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management.
“The Filipino nation extends its most sincere sympathies to our Indonesian brothers and sisters affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said on Friday.
Roque assured that the Philippine government will provide needed assistance to victims of Indonesia’s recent disasters.
“The Philippines stands with Indonesia during this most difficult time and is ready to provide assistance to Indonesia,” the official said.
“The Philippine Government will provide financial assistance through the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management,” he added.
Roque added that the government will send medical relief and other support “at the soonest possible time.”
“The Philippines will do its part, no matter how modest, to help ensure that the challenges Indonesia currently faces, will be overcome,” the official said.