Editors Note: The following is a press release from the office of Representatives Eddie Villanueva of the Citizenns Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) partylist dated 7 October 2023.
It is printed in full.
As an advocate of peace and Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on Human Rights of the House of Representatives, CIBAC Party-List Representative Bro. Eddie Villanueva condemns on strongest possible terms the attacks launched against Israel on Saturday.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the unprovoked attack on Israel and its people in the streets, in bomb shelters and in their homes. We call on the Philippine government to deplore and issue an outright statement condemning this inhumane and barbaric act of violence against Israel,” says the CIBAC solon.
“Israel is a close ally and mutual friend of the Philippines with which we share a deep historical, economic, military, political, social and cultural ties. This is an opportune time that we stand on behalf of Israel. I call on every pillar of Filipino nation – from the government to the churches – to denounce this inhumane attack to the Jewish people,” adds Rep. Villanueva.
In the early hours of Saturday morning October 7, 2023, Hamas fired a barrage of thousand rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory while militants infiltrated into a number of different locations in the Jewish country. The unprovoked attack caused the Jewish government to immediately declare a state of war alert across Israel.
Israel has been attacked on the Jewish festival of Simchat Torah, a day which is supposed to be one of joy. At least one Israeli woman was reportedly killed and hundreds were wounded as of writing.
“I encourage everyone to continue supporting and praying for peace in the land of Israel,” ends Villanueva.