MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government on Wednesday issued a statement of solidarity to the Republic of Korea over the sinking of the latter’s patrol vessel last March.
“The Philippines strongly condemns acts of provocation that threaten regional security and peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula,” said the Department of Foreign Affairs in a statement.
The sinking of Korea’s patrol vessel Cheonan happened on March 26, 2010. Out of the 104 crew members, 58 were rescued, 40 bodies recovered and 6 unaccounted for, according to an earlier report by the Asian News Network.
“The loss of innocent lives in this tragedy is unfathomable. The Philippines conveys once again its most profound sympathies to the bereaved families and friends of the victims of this senseless tragedy,” said the DFA.
It added that the Philippine government hopes that the issue would be resolved through peaceful means, including constructive dialogue.
“The Philippines hopes that this situation will not deteriorate further to compromise the peace and security of the region. The Philippines calls for adherence to international norms and codes of conduct, and the letter and spirit of UN Security Council Resolutions 1874 and 1718,” the DFA said.