MANILA- The Philippines on Friday extended its sympathies to Indonesia following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that left at least 1,500 dead in Palu, Central Sulawesi.
Manila vowed to provide financial assistance to Jakarta through the Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
"The Filipino nation extends its most sincere sympathies to our Indonesian brothers and sisters affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami," President Rodrigo Duterte's office said in a statement.
"The Philippines stands with Indonesia during this most difficult time and is ready to provide assistance to Indonesia," it added.
The 7.5-magnitude quake and the tsunami it spawned hit the provincial capital of Palu and the neighboring city of Donggala in Indonesia over the weekend.
The death toll in Indonesia's quake-tsunami disaster has passed 1, 500 Friday, with time running out to rescue survivors.
The Philippines added that it is ready to send relief items and a medical team at the earliest possible time.
"This is a time for ASEAN solidarity. The Philippines will do its part, no matter how modest, to help ensure that the challenges Indonesia currently faces, will be overcome," it said.
- with a report from Reuters