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Brussels, 9 November 2013
Message from the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, to the President of the Philippines, Benigno Simeon Aquino III
It was with great emotion and sadness that I learned about the effects of Typhoon Haiyan which resulted in very extensive loss of lives and destruction. On behalf of the European Commission and on my own behalf, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to you Mr President and the people of Philippines. Please convey my expression of deepest sympathy and solidarity to the families of the victims and all those affected by this calamity. The European Commission has already sent a team to assist the Philippine authorities and we stand ready to contribute with urgent relief and assistance if so required in this hour of need.