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Singapore sends condolences, aid to Philippines


21:32, December 19, 2011

SINGAPORE, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Singapore leaders sent letters of condolence to the Philippines on Monday after the Tropical Storm Washi battered southern Philippines, killing at least 652 people.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also pledged a donation of 50,000 Singapore dollars (38,462 U.S. dollars) earlier on Monday.

Acting President J Y Pillay extended condolences to Philippine President Benigno S Aquino for the loss of lives and damage.

He said he is confident the Philippines will be able to overcome this disaster with fortitude and resilience.

Acting Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said he is deeply saddened to learn about the loss of lives and the destruction.

"Our thoughts are with the government and people of the Philippines during this difficult time," he said.

The donation pledged by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be channeled through the Singapore Red Cross to the relief efforts in the Philippines.

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