Diplomatic community condemns Mindanao State University bombing
Diplomatic community condemns Mindanao State University bombing
Diplomatic community condemns Mindanao State University bombing
by Karen Ow-Yong04 December 2023
Photo courtesy: Mindanao State University (MSU)

MANILA - Foreign embassies and their diplomats extended messages of condolences and solidarity to the victims and their families affected by the bombing at Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City Sunday morning.

Ambassadors from the United States, Japan, France, Canada, Israel, the European Union, Germany, China, the United Kingdom and many others posted in their individual accounts on X (former Twitter) their messages of support to the victims and condemnation to what they called a “terrorist attack” and “senseless act of violence”.

US Ambassador MaryKay Carlson condemned the bombing incident and said that the U.S. “will support efforts to hold the perpetrators accountable”.

Through a post by the Embassy of France, it assured the Filipino people of its solidarity and offered its condolences to the families of the victims.


“We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and assure the authorities and the Filipino people of our solidarity in the face of this despicable terrorist attack,” the French Embassy posted on X.

Canadian Ambassador David Hartman expressed condolences to the victims and families of those killed and wounded in what he calls “vicious bombing” at Mindanao State University and calls for the perpetrators to be held responsible.

Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa reiterated Japan’s commitment to the peace process to achieve sustainable peace and stability in Mindanao amidst the tragedy at the Mindanao State University, while Luc Veron of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines said that “violence has no place in schools” and has extended sympathy to the families who have lost their loved ones during the attack.

Meanwhile, MSU unequivocally condemns the bombing “in the strongest possible terms” and called the incident “an horrific act”.


In MSU’s official statement, it said that “violence has no place in a civilized society, and it is particularly abhorrent in an institution of higher learning like MSU, a bulwark of peace, harmony, solidarity, reverence for life and humanity.”

“This attack is an assault on our core values and our commitment to creating a safe and inclusive community for all,” the statement added.

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