THE Philippines has offered its deep condolences to Indonesia over the deaths of over 800 people in the magnitude 7.4 earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi on Friday.
“We grieve with our Indonesian brothers and sisters and stand hand in hand with them in praying for all of those who lost their lives in this tragedy,” Foreign Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said from New York where he is attending the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The Secretary said the Philippines is ready to respond and extend assistance to Indonesia.
Ambassador to Indonesia Leehiong T. Wee said the earthquake and tsunami struck the provincial capital of Palu and the neighboring city of Donggala.
The Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has placed the latest death toll at 832 people with more than 500 injured. Many more are still missing.
Wee said the only Filipino in the area—a detainee serving his sentence at the Lapas Penitentiary—is safe.