PH condemns downing of MH17 in Ukraine

Posted at 07/19/14 2:41 PM

MANILA - The Philippines condemns "in the strongest manner" the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, which left all 298 people on board dead.

"We convey our profound condolences for all who perished in this tragedy," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement on Saturday.

Three Filipinos were aboard the Boeing 777 plane, which is suspected to have been downed by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow.

The Filipino fatalities were identified as Irene Pabellon-Gunawan, and her two children Darryl Dwight and Sherryl Shania.

Gunawan's husband, Indonesian Budy Janto Gunawan, also perished in the plane crash.

"It is of utmost importance that the international community come together to help determine those who are responsible for this brutal act against a civilian airliner in civilian airspace," the DFA said.

It added that the people responsible should be made fully accountable for this "unconscionable assault" on a non-military aircraft.

The Philippines called on the international community to take action to help reduce such tragedies across the globe.

"States and non-state elements in dispute should exercise restraint, respect international law, and search for the peaceful resolution of disputes," it said.