Statement of the Spokesperson Lacierda on the President’s signing of the Book of Condolence for Japan


Statement of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda:
On the President’s signing of the Book of Condolence at the residence of the Japanese Ambassador on the morning of March 17, 2011
[Delivered during a press briefing held at Malacañang on March 17, 2011]
This morning the President went to the residence of the Japanese Ambassador to sign the Book of Condolence. It was opened today to provide an opportunity for the Filipino people to express their sympathy to the people of Japan over the tragic Great Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011.
The President was the first to sign the Condolence Book and reiterated his message of mourning, sympathy and solidarity to the people of Japan. He had communicated these to the Emperor of Japan and the Prime Minister in separate letters on March 13, 2011 and March 11, 2011, respectively.


The President and Ambassador Makoto Katsura, Ambassador of Japan, disccused the situation in Japan and the Chief Executive once more reiterated the Philippine government’s offer of assistance in this grave period in Japan’s history.