07 February 2023

On behalf of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (OPAPRU) His Excellency, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and the Filipino people, I convey our deepest sympathies to the citizens of Türkiye and Syria who fell victim to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit yesterday, February 6, 2023.
We are deeply saddened by this tragedy that has claimed the lives of thousands in the affected countries. Our prayers go out to the bereaved families, as well as those who are still waiting to be rescued and recovering in hospitals.

As members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Türkiye and Syria have supported the Philippine government in its pursuit of a just and lasting peace for the nation, particularly in helping push forward the Bangsamoro peace process.

The Filipino nation is ready to assist the governments of Türkiye and Syria in whatever way possible. We shall continue to pray for the safety and protection of their people, as we stand united with other countries during this most difficult time. ###