‘REPREHENSIBLE ACT’ | PHL gov’t denounce New Zealand mass shooting

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March 16, 2019 – Malacañang on Saturday issued strong words of condemnation against the mass shooting in two New Zealand mosques which left 49 dead and injured 40 others in its wake.

In a statement, the Palace said it joins all “peace-loving nations” and peoples from around the world in denouncing the bloody assault in places of worship, like the mosques near Christchurch.

“This reprehensible act has no place in a civilised world. The Philippines rebukes all efforts to sow terror and fear between and among peoples,” it said.

“There has to be a universal unified action as well as a conscious and determined effort to neutralise and demolish any attempt at destabilising the order in societies and the tranquility of their citizens and secure the safety of lives and properties of the inhabitants of the globe,” it added.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labelled the incident as an “act of terrorism” and the “worst ever peacetime mass killing” in New Zealand.

Ardern said the main suspect was a licensed gun owner who used five weapons during his rampage, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns.

“I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change,” she said.

Malacañang also extended its condolences and prayers to the victims and loved ones of the bloody assault.

“With unity in action against the enemies of the states, we shall prevail,” it said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through Philippine Ambassador Gary Domingo, is now closely monitoring the situation to determine the condition of Filipinos in the area. The Philippine Embassy in New Zealand has also informed Filipinos of a police hotline to report “serious concerns about individuals” in their neighborhood.

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