Canada Offers Condolences after Manila Hostage-Taking

(No. 267 - August 24, 2010 - 4:30 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement offering Canada’s condolences to those affected by the recent hostage-taking incident on a bus in Manila:

“On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I wish to offer my most sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed in this terrible tragedy. Canada welcomes the commitment of Philippine authorities to conduct a full investigation of the incident.

“The Canadian embassy in Manila is working closely with local authorities to confirm whether Canadian citizens were held hostage during the incident. The mission stands ready to provide consular assistance if requested. Due to privacy considerations, we can provide no further information at this time.‪”

Friends and relatives seeking information on Canadian citizens they believe may have been affected may call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre at 613-943-1055, or toll-free within Canada at 1-800-387-3124. They may also send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

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Melissa Lantsman
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
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Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
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