President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday offered his prayers to the victims of the twin explosions during the Boston Marathon as he condemned those who are behind the deadly attack on what could have been a peaceful sports event.
“The administration joins the international community in extending our deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones in the bombing of the Boston Marathon,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement.
“At this moment, scores are being treated for injuries, some of them quite life-threatening. We offer our prayers and best wishes for their recovery,” she added.
Valte noted that the Boston Marathon is “an annual celebration of the human spirit – of endurance, friendly competition, and community celebration.”
“We condemn those who dared defile this event and who have cast such a pall of loss and suffering in the city of Boston and the entire United States,” she said.
Valte said the President personally conveys a message of deep sympathy, concern, and solidarity with the people of Boston, where he and his family had found refuge during Martial Law.
“Boston is a city of bravery, openness, and liberty: this tragedy will not change these essential truths, and points of pride, for this great city,” Valte concluded in her statement.