MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Tuesday sympathized with the United States as storm “Sandy” battered its eastern seaboard.
“We extend our sympathies and support to all those affected by this calamity,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement.
Valte said Malacañang joins in prayer those affected by the disaster, including the Filipino-American community.
More than 90,000 Filipinos are living in New York, which was hit by a massive blackout as the “superstorm” hit.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who are facing these difficult times, among them the Filipino-American community,” said Valte.
Valte added that the Palace is “confident that the resolve of the American people to overcome this catastrophe remains steadfast, strong, and unbending.”
At least 13 people were killed in US and Canada as the storm made landfall on Monday.
The Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Consulate General in New York, meanwhile, have yet to receive reports of possible Filipino casualties.
There are more than 460,000 Filipinos in 13 states across the US eastern seaboard.