PH condemns beheading of Briton
MANILA, Philippines–The Department of National Defense (DND) has condemned the beheading of a British aid worker, whose group had given assistance to local communities hit by Super Typhoon “Yolanda” last year.
In a statement, DND spokesman Peter Paul Galvez expressed the agency’s deepest condolences to the family of David Haines of ACTED, who was beheaded by rebels affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis).
“The DND expresses in the strongest terms its condemnation of Haines’ murder at the hands of Isis. The DND, its officials and staff, condole with Mr. Haines’ family and loved ones, and ACTED,” Galvez said.
ACTED was one of several foreign aid agencies that conducted relief operations to help survivors of Yolanda in November 2013.
Haines, however, was not part of the mission then since he was kidnapped in Syria in March 2013.
Galvez said ACTED “rapidly came to the aid of the people of Central Visayas in the aftermath of Yolanda.”–Julie M. Aurelio
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