The Australian Embassy in Manila has opened a condolence book to honor the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17—three of them Filipinos—which was shot down last week in Ukraine.
According to the embassy, the condolence book is located at the Chancery at Level 23, Tower 2 of the RCBC Plaza at Ayala Avenue in Makati City.
It said the condolence book is “in response to the tragic loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 and to honour those who have lost their lives and to support those who have been bereaved.”
The condolence book can be signed from Wednesday to Friday during these hours:
Wednesday, July 23: 2 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, July 24: 10 a.m. to noon; 2 to 4 p.m.
Friday, July 25: 10 a.m. to noon; 2 to 4 p.m.
Last Saturday, the Philippine government condemned the shooting down of MH17, and urged the international community to hold accountable those behind the “unconscionable” act.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs also conveyed its “profound condolences” for all who died in the tragedy—three of them Filipinos.
Also, the DFA said those responsible “should be made fully accountable for this unconscionable assault on a non-military aircraft that posed no threat whatsoever to any party.”
The DFA added the international community should 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 added.
Malaysia Airlines said it lost contact with MH17 about 30 km from Tamak waypoint, some 50 km from the Russia-Ukraine border.
It said MH17 at the time left Amsterdam and was headed for Kuala Lumpur. —Joel Locsin/KG, GMA News