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Aquino condoles with US following Newton school massacre


President Benigno S. Aquino III. Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III on Saturday asked Filipinos to “pray for the healing” of the US, following the shooting rampage in a Connecticut elementary school that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.

“At this time of the deepest mourning over the tragic loss of life in Connecticut, I extend the deepest sympathy and solidarity to the families of those who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary School,” said Mr. Aquino in a brief statement on Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in idyllic Newtown, Connecticut.

“Together with the entire Filipino people, we stand beside you with bowed heads, yet in deep admiration over the manner in which the American people have reached out to comfort the afflicted, and to search for answers that will give meaning and hope to this grim event.

“We pray for healing, and that this heartbreak will never be visited on any community ever again,” said the President.

Expounding on the President’s statement, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, in a radio interview, spoke about the horror of the second deadliest mass shooting in US history.

“I think a lot of us are horrified at what had happened because, perhaps, this has an added pinch because the majority of [the] … victims … are small children,” she said.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the families, to the teachers, to the loved ones of everybody in Sandy Hook [School],” said Valte, herself a mother.

“We can’t really imagine this kind of [unspeakable] incident. Our hearts and minds are with them, and our prayers are with them as they go through a very, very difficult time, especially since Christmas is approaching,” said Valte.

Asked about local efforts by the police force to regulate the proliferation of guns, she said that the “campaign of the PNP is underway.”

“As you know, we have a number of loose firearms that are already in the custody of the PNP, as well as the illegal firearms. We just need a little more time and push to allow their campaign to be successful,” she said.

Unlike in the US, owning guns in the Philippines is considered a privilege, not a right, and thus strictly regulated by the government.

The US considers the right to bear arms as part of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

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  • Seroquel55

    Drama! P.Aquino as a patient of Asperger Syndrome is neither capable of sympathy nor empathy.

  • kanoy

    Prayers? prayers my butt!! its because of the prayers of the POPE & POPETTES that this mass murderer of children, probably some of which his protected priests molested, is going to get to live! they should make the POPE go to all 20 of those kids homes to view all the presents that will go unopened and then see if he still lights up Rome in celebration…
    On November 29, 2012 the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, was illuminated in honor of Connecticut’s
    repeal of the death penalty in April of this year. The event featured
    former death row inmate Shujaa Graham of California and George Kain of
    the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty.

  • kanoy

    dumb! GUNS don’t kill people….PEOPLE kill people…a gun can sit
    loaded on a shelf 200 years and never kill anybody…until someone picks
    it up, points it and pulls the trigger….here is more
    US considers the right to bear arms as part of the Second Amendment to
    the US Constitution.CONSIDERS? What do you mean ”CONSIDERS”? adopted
    on December 15, 1791 Amendment 2 – Right to Bear Arms A well regulated
    Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear
    Arms, shall not be infringed,,,this allows Americans to protect
    themselves against the Aquino, Arroyo, Marcos, Hitler, Hussain of the
    world from ruling the USA,,,3 years ago Ampatuan murdered 53 and still
    has not answered for it,,,watch how swift this guy answers for
    26,,,,half that number

  • DakuAkongUtin

    Sobrang baril ang tate pati sirang mga ulong tao. 

  • Man_in_the_Mirror

    the photo of the president seems to be inappropriate for the title of the article.
    or is that how he really looks when he is on the mood of condolence.

    • DakuAkongUtin

      Alam mo naman ang Phil Inquirer,  balik balik ang mga stock photos nila. A sign of their inept editorials. Kulang sa ingenuity.

  • Albert Einstien

    sir PNOY sagutin nyo na yung ”  VIDEO CHALLENGE ” ni carmen pedrosa sa youtube..title ” carmen pedrosa talks about noynoy ” ..it’s ABOUT TIME…..kung totoo o hindi yun alegasyon nya doon na me SAKIT kayo……….at ILABAS nyo na medical bulletin nyo..para maniwala ang TAO na wala kayo sakit…….LALO na ang RH bill ay ISANG uri ng MASS MURDER o GENOCIDE….yan si adam lanza sabi  nila is suffering from autism….NAKAKABAHALA po…para sa TRANSPARENCY na lang….!

  • disqusted0fu

    i would only believe that he is sincere about this if he cared for the lives of his own countrymen. he is not doing anything about extra judicial killings, he barely helped the recent typhoon victims, he supports the RH bill and certified it as urgent. then he is going to extend his condolences to the American victims?!

    • kanoy

       he AND the rest of the world, that cares more about mothers, babies and quality human life more than antiquated church doctrine supports AND employes some sort of RH bill in their country except backwoods dummed up RP where the pedophile supporting POPE who is against gay marriages but not gay priests that molest children keeps his followers poor

  • DakuAkongUtin

    Dios Ko Santisima. ANg daming sirang ulo mga puti. Makagasto sila  buying the latest military hardware, planes, bombs and tanks to fight terrorists but dont have the budget to take care of koko people. Pati ang kultura nila ay napaka violent. It s a big money maker like videogames and violent hollywood movies. 

    Maybe this event is bad karma for all the worldliness they are living into. Not only that they export their death and destruction to other nations by their bombs and missiles and killing innocents courtesy of their unmanned aerial surveillance. Now that their very own little ones are killed, they felt sorry. What a hypocrisy ….

  • airbase

    Our thoughts and prayers to the children, teachers and the mother of the shooter who lost their lives.  Our deepest condolences to the parents, sisters, brothers, the family of the children, the family of the teachers and the surviving family of the assailant.  One can imagine how deeply wrenching it is to lose a child and a love one to such a horrible deed.  One can also understand the terrible pain of the family of Adam Lanza and his mother.             

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