THE governments of China, France and Russia renewed their commitment to support the Philippines in fighting violent extremism and terrorism following the deadly blasts in Jolo, Sulu that killed 20 and injured over a hundred others on Sunday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said Beijing “strongly condemns” the violent attacks in Sulu province and condoles with the bereaved families of those killed.
“China opposes all forms of terrorism and stands ready to work with the international community including the Philippines to jointly combat threats and challenges posed by terrorism and safeguard international and regional peace and stability,” he said.
The French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying it is one with the Philippines in its fight against terrorism
“France utterly condemns the attack against the cathedral in Jolo Island last January 27, for which Daesh (ISIS) has claimed responsibility and which killed some 20 people and injured around 100 others, according to the information available,” its statement reads.
“France extends its condolences to the victims’ families, as well as to the Filipino people. It stands alongside the Philippines in the fight against terrorism,” it added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram to President Rodrigo R. Duterte, expressing Russia’s “readiness to further step up interaction” with Philippine partners in combating terrorist threat in all its forms and manifestations.