Philippines condemns attack on MH17

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

THE Philippine government condemned Saturday in the "strongest manner" the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on Thursday over Ukraine where 298 people were killed, including three Filipinos.

"We convey our profound condolences for all who perished in this tragedy," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.

The DFA called for all countries to unite in order to determine the perpetrators in the tragic incident.

"It is of utmost importance that the international community come together to help determine those who are responsible for this brutal act against a civilian airliner in civilian airspace," it said.

Those responsible should be made fully accountable for this unconscionable assault on a non-military aircraft that posed no threat whatsoever to any party, the DFA pointed out.

It is also essential that the international community take concerted action to help reduce such tragedies all around the world, it added.

"States and non-state elements in dispute should exercise restraint, respect international law, and search for the peaceful resolution of disputes," the DFA said.

Authorities have said that Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 was hit by a Russian-made anti-aircraft missile over eastern Ukraine. (SDR/Sunnex)

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