Press Release
October 23, 2019

Bong Go offers sympathies after supertyphoon hit Japan

In a letter addressed to Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go extended his sympathies to the Japanese people who were recently struck by supertyphoon Hagibis, resulting in the death of 80 people, 11 others missing and 398 injured.

"I deeply regret receiving the news of casualties and massive devastation brought by Typhoon Hagibis in Japan," the senator said in his letter.

"In the wake of this unfortunate event, I wish to express my solidarity with and condolences to the Japanese people, especially those who lost loved ones," Go added.

Go also guaranteed the readiness of the Philippine government to assist the Japanese people in terms of disaster relief and recovery efforts.

"As instructed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, I would like to convey the Philippines' readiness to provide assistance to the Government of Japan," said Go.

"Our first responders, including those from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Davao City Risk Reduction Management Council - Response Cluster Team and other Philippine relief organizations, stand ready for deployment to help in your disaster relief and recovery efforts.

"Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration," he concluded.

Widely considered as the strongest typhoon to have hit Japan in 60 years, Hagibis wreaked havoc on October 12, resulting in greater than $9 billion worth of damage and economic loss.

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