MANILA - The Philippine government on Wednesday expressed its sympathies to the families and friends of the passengers and crew aboard the Malaysia Airlines’ Flight MH370.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippine government expressed its solidarity with "the governments and the peoples affected during these unfortunate and trying times."
"As a close neighbor and partner in ASEAN, the Philippines has closely coordinated with Malaysian authorities in the search efforts, including the dispatch of Philippine aircraft and vessels to assist in the search. It also continues to stand ready to provide further assistance if needed," the government said.
The Philippines also lauded the assistance extended by the international community to locate the plane and its passengers and crew.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak this week confirmed that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished while flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.
Citing satellite-data analysis by British company Inmarsat , he said there was no doubt the Boeing 777 came down in one of the most remote places on Earth - an implicit admission that all 239 people on board had died.
The search for the Malaysian airliner that disappeared 18 days ago resumed on Wednesday in the southern Indian Ocean, looking for debris that may unlock the mystery of why the plane ended up in frigid seas thousands of miles off course.
A dozen aircraft from Australia, the United States, China, Japan and South Korea will scour the seas some 2,500 km (1,550 miles) southwest of Perth in the hunt for potential debris, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. Bad weather on Tuesday forced the suspension of the search.
Malaysia's confused initial response to the plane's disappearance and a perception of poor communications enraged many relatives of the more than 150 Chinese passengers and strained ties between Beijing and Kuala Lumpur. With Reuters