Friday 22 June 2018

'We grieve with the loved ones of Jastine Valdez' - Philippines Foreign Secretary sympathises with family of murdered student

Alan Peter Cayetano pictured in the Philippine Senate in Manila, on January 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE/POOL
Alan Peter Cayetano pictured in the Philippine Senate in Manila, on January 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE/POOL

Sean Nolan

Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano has sympathised with the family of murdered student Jastine Valdez.

Mr Cayetano issued a statement through his Department this morning.

“We grieve with the loved ones of Jastine Valdez, someone so young and so full of promise, who was suddenly taken away from them,” the statement reads.

“We join the rest of the Filipino Community in Ireland in offering our prayers for Jastine and her family,” Secretary Cayetano added.

The statement goes on to say that the Philippine Embassy in London and the Consulate in Dublin had been monitoring the case since Ms Valdez was reported missing late on Saturday night.

The Filipino ambassador to London Antonio Lagdameo said that Honorary Consul Mark Congdon, based in Dublin, will be discussing with the family what assistance the Department may be able to extend to Ms Valdez' family.

Ms Valdez, 24 and originally from the Philippines, was abducted and murdered in Wicklow on Saturday before her suspected killer, Mark Hennessy, was shot and died on Sunday in Cherrywood.

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