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Palace extends condolences to victims of Norway blast, shooting rampage

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Malacanang extended its condolences to the people of Norway following a deadly blast and a shooting rampage that killed less than 100 people.

“Wala naman pong Pinoy na nasaktan doon sa pag-atake pero nakikiramay po tayo dun sa pamilya ng mga nadamay po doon sa pag-atake. Gusto po nating ipaabot ang ating pakikiramay sa kanila. Alam po natin kung gaano kahirap yung mawalan ng mga kababayan lalo sa ganitong pagkakataon,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan Saturday.

Valte also said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is already making an assessment of the situation whether Filipinos are among the injured or died in the attacks, saying families of those working in Norway can call DFA action center in Manila.

“We are now in contact with our embassy in Oslo and gumagalaw na po sila ngayon to check on our citizens,” Valte said, adding the government still has no plans of evacuating Filipinos in Norway

The two countries enjoy special relations because the Scandinavian nation has been helping the Philippines end the decade-long communist rebellion.

Valte said it is heartbreaking for a peaceful country like Norway to become a victim of such deadly terrorist attacks.

“Kaya nga po yun ang una nating ipinaabot, yung ating pakikiramay doon sa mga naulila sa naging pag-atake,” she said noting Norway’s role as the third party facilitator in the National Democratic Front-Government of the Republic of the Philippines (NDF-GRP) peace talks.

Norwegian police reported that at least 80 people died as a result of a rampage Friday on a Norwegian island, an attack that came shortly after an explosion in the nation’s capital reportedly killed seven people.

In all, 90 people were hospitalized as a result of the Oslo blast, according to recent reports.

Norwegian authorities have detained a 32-year-old Norwegian man who they suspect opened fire on scores at the ruling Labour Party's youth camp on Utoya Island, about 20 miles from Oslo




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