Malacañang sends condolences to Vietnam for president’s death

Published September 23, 2018, 2:39 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Genalyn Kabiling

The Philippine government has expressed its condolences following the death of Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque  (Jansen Romero/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque (Jansen Romero/ MANILA BULLETIN)

“The Palace offers its deepest condolences to the government and people of Vietnam on the demise of President Tran Dai Quang,” Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in statement.

He said President Duterte recalls “with fondness” the warmth and the hospitality extended by the Vietnamese leader during his first official visit to Vietnam in 2016 and Vietnam’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in 2017.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and the Vietnamese people,” he said.

The Vietnamese President died last Friday in a military hospital in Hanoi after a serious illness based on the reports of state media. He was 61.