• Spain, UN condemn Davao attack

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    FULL ALERT Commuters queue at a Light Rail Transit station in Manila amid more stringent security measures imposed by authorities following the Davao City blast last Friday. PHOTO BY ABBY PALMONES

    FULL ALERT Commuters queue at a Light Rail Transit station in Manila amid more stringent security measures imposed by authorities following the Davao City blast last Friday. PHOTO BY ABBY PALMONES

    THE SPANISH government on Monday condemned the deadly blast in Davao City that killed 14 people and injured dozens, reiterating its “complete solidarity” with the Philippines in the fight against terrorism.

    In a statement, Spain conveyed its “deepest condolences to the families and relatives of the victims,” and said it hoped the “coward perpetrators of this crime [would]be brought to justice as soon as possible and be held responsible for their actions.”

    “The government of Spain reiterates its complete solidarity with the Philippines in its effort to combat terrorism and guarantee security throughout its national territory,” Spain said.

    Also on Monday, the United Nations condemned the Friday night bombing in Davao City.

    “The Secretary General stresses the need to ensure accountability and to bring to justice the perpetrators of these terrorist attacks,” the UN Security Council said in a statement.

    Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. expressed appreciation for the expressions of sympathy and solidarity from the international community.

    “The UN statement reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of terrorism to justice,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping also wrote to President Rodrigo Duterte to express “deep condolences to the deceased civilians” as well as “heartfelt sympathy to the injured and the families of the victims.”

    “China is firmly opposed to terrorism in all forms, and strongly condemns the violent terrorist acts targeting innocent civilians,” Xi said.

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