Aquino expresses sympathy for ‘home’ city


President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—President Aquino has condemned the perpetrators of what is increasingly being seen as another terror attack on the United States, and sent a personal message of sympathy to the victims of the bomb attack on the Boston Marathon as well as to the US city to which his family has a special affinity.

“The Boston Marathon is an annual celebration of the human spirit: of endurance, friendly competition, and community celebration. We condemn those who dared defile this event and who have cast such a pall of loss and suffering in the city of Boston and the entire United States,” Aquino said in a statement released through his spokepersons.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the President “personally conveys a message of deep sympathy, concern, and solidarity with the people of Boston, where he and his family had found refuge during martial law, and which so many Filipinos call home.”

She said Aquino had fond memories of Boston where he lived with his family for three years, when his father, the martyred opposition leader Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., had exiled himself during the Marcos dictatorship.

The late senator brought his wife, Corazon, and their five children to Boston, where he spent his time giving speeches and lectures at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and other US universities.

The exiled Aquinos lived on 175th Commonwealth Avenue, just a few blocks away from Copley Square, where the blasts occurred.

In his statement, Aquino said he expected the Bostonians to rise above the attacks that have turned the famed Boston Marathon into a carnage.

“Boston is a city of bravery, openness, and liberty: This tragedy will not change these essential truths, and points of pride, for this great city,” he said.

Aquino said his administration joined the international community in extending “our deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones in the bombing of the Boston Marathon… We offer our prayers and best wishes for their recovery.”

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  • kanoy

    send CASH not SYMPATHY

    • rock_steady

      Sadly, these people don’t need cash, but our own people do. Americans value sympathy and friendship over cash. Most of them have insurance, and they will not die because of they can’t afford their healthcare, unlike here

      • kanoy

        There is another example of how FILIPINO view KANO all KANO are filthy rich there are NO POOR KANO NO POVERTY IN USA only Filipino-Americans are dirt POOR because they send all their money to the RP then sleep in back alley with rats and stand in soup lines

      • Psiitoon Charoenkrung

        hahaha, I haven’t seen any pinoy living in back alley in the US. You must have come from Mars and way out of reality

  • disqusted0fu

    Pnoy can easily express sympathy for people of other nations because that’s all he needs to do. But he could not express sympathy for people of his own country because he would need to show some actions too which he clearly doesn’t like doing, hence noynoying.

  • pfc_kulapu

    Pnoy express sympathy to american people. But very sad to say, he curse his own people who went to sabah…what a sad state of mind of pnoy..?

    • Pinoy Bodoh

      He cursed illegal intruders and expressed sympathy for the innocent. Not rocket science.

  • Ako_Hiking

    Definite problems for Boston. Such a sad and horrible incident. But just the same, Aquino has even bigger and worse problems in his home country, the Philippines. Problems that still needs fixing but Aquino appears too busy campaigning.

  • disqusted0fu

    This is a tragic event for Boston. Hopefully it doesn’t happen anywhere else specially in the PH… Because if it does, Pnoy might not even express his sympathy, but he’ll just be MIA and probably just hide in the comforts of the Palace.

  • Duke Dux Ducis

    malacanang expressing symphaty to boston tragedy but not to FILIPINOS who died fighting for Sabah & still are fighting for it but aquino sympathizes with the malaysians instead…

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