Filipinos Pray and Condemn 153 Killed in November 13 Paris Attacks

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"The deaths of over a hundred in the attack on the Bataclan Concert Hall, the vicinity of the Stade de France, and on restaurants in the city center, were atrocities that demand a united voice from the world in condemnation and grief," President Benigno Aquino III said. AP/Aaron Favila, file

Filipinos pray and condemn 153 killed in November 13 Paris attacks, MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Saturday condemned the attacks in Paris, France which left more than 120 people dead.

French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and announced the closing of the country’s borders.

“The Philippines and its people stand in solidarity with the people of Paris and all of France, in this time of deepest sorrow and the gravest outrage against the perpetrators of these crimes,” President Benigno Aquino III said in a statement.

Aquino considered the attacks as “atrocities that demand a united voice from the world in condemnation and grief.”

The president noted that France and its people assisted the Philippines in the wake of typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in 2009.

We stand with France now, in the firm belief that the light must never dim in Paris,” Aquino said. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) stressed that the world must stand together against violent extremism.

“The Philippines condemns unequivocally the horrific terror attacks on Paris. There is no possible justification for such barbaric savagery,” DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said.

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