MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines on Saturday condemned the “brutal act” of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine that claimed the lives of 298 people, including three Filipinos.
“We convey our profound condolences for all who perished in this tragedy,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.
“Those responsible should be made fully accountable for this unconscionable assault on a non-military aircraft that posed no threat whatsoever to any party,” it added.
The DFA said the international community should unite to help determine those responsible for the “brutal act” and to take concerted action to help reduce such tragedies all around the world.
“States and non-state elements in dispute should exercise restraint, respect international law, and search for the peaceful resolution of disputes,” it said.
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