Marcos expresses solidarity, offers help to quake-hit Morocco

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 12) — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said the Philippines is ready to help Morocco in the wake of the magnitude-6.8 earthquake that has killed at least 2,800 people in the North African country.

In a statement, Marcos expressed grief and solidarity as Moroccans wrestle with large-scale loss of life and destruction.

“The Philippines is ready to offer assistance and any support that may be needed for the swift recovery of your nation,” he wrote on his account on X (formerly Twitter).

“We have faith in the strength and resilience of the Moroccan people to unite and rebuild in the face of such adversity,” the president added.

Rescue operations continue after the Sept. 8 quake, which was the strongest to hit the nation’s center in more than a century. Apart from the rising death toll, Moroccan state media reported that at least 2,500 people have been injured.

The Philippine embassy there on Monday said no Filipinos have been killed in the tragedy, and assured it is ready to extend aid to affected migrant workers.

According to Philippine Ambassador to Morocco Leslie Baja, there are around 4,600 Filipinos in the quake-hit country.