MANILA --The Philippines condoles with the families of the victims of the mass shootings in New Zealand and rebukes all efforts to sow fear and terror between and among people, MalacaAang said Saturday.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in this tragic incident, and we pray for strength and speedy recovery of those who were injured," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
Panelo said the Philippine government and its people stand with New Zealand during this time of grief and outrage.
"The Philippines joins all peace-loving nations and peoples around the world in condemning -- in the strongest and in no uncertain terms -- this assault on the faithful in places of worship. This reprehensible act has no place in a civilized world. The Philippines rebukes all efforts to sow terror and fear between and among peoples," he said.
Panelo cited the need for a "universal unified action" and a conscious, determined effort to neutralize and demolish any attempt at destabilizing order in societies and the tranquility of citizens and secure the safety of lives and properties of the people globally.
"We cannot allow ourselves to be held hostage by fear and intimidation sown by terrorists and psychologically challenged persons and live in an endangered environment. With unity in action against the enemies of the states, we shall prevail," he said.
Panelo said the Department of Foreign Affairs has already been instructed to closely monitor the situation and determine the condition of Filipinos in New Zealand.
According to reports, two gunmen opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch. One of the gunmen stormed inside the Masjid Al Noor, shooting the mosque goers during their afternoon praying time. The second incident happened in another mosque in a Christchurch suburb. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency