Saudi Leaders King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Reach Out to Philippines

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. (Credit and thanks to: Britannica)

By EDD K. USMAN Twitter: @edd1819 | Instagram: @bluestar0910 | Facebook: SDN — Science, Digital and Current Affairs

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MANILA (SDN) — The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud have reached out to the Philippines following Typhoon Paeng’s destruction.

His Majesty King Salman and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed (also known as MBS) extended their condolences recently to Philippine President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.

“Paeng” (international name: Nalgae) barreled through the country from Mindanao to the Visayas to Luzon, leaving in its wake casualties and destruction to agricultural and infrastructure from October 26 to 31.

Figures from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) cited by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on November 1 showed that “Paeng” left 110 dead (31 of them still needed to be validated). Many were injured and still several missing.

The same news report said the country suffered Php1.2 billion in agricultural losses and Php760 million lost in infrastructure.

Majority of the dead — 59 people — are from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), as the municipalities of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Datu Blah Sinsuat, and Upi suffered the most devastation from the torrential rain of “Paeng” which induced flashfloods and landslides.

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Cotabato City, the capital of the Bangsamoro region and seat of the BARMM government, also was inundated.

Here’s a brief glimpse of the rescue and retrieval operation at a scene of destruction in Datu Odin Sinsuat’s Barangay (Village) Kusiong, a rising coastal area dotted by beach resorts. The resorts were washed out by the rain and flood waters of “Paeng”.

Click and watch: Facebook video courtesy of the BARMM’s Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) headed by Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo. A team of the MILG’s Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READi) performed the rescue and retrieval operation.

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed sent separate cables to the President, with the same message, which say:

“We learned of the news of the typhoon Paeng that hit several regions in your country, resulted in the death, injury and missing many people, and while we share with Your Excellency the pain of this affliction, we send Your Excellency and the families of the deceased and to your friendly people our deepest condolences and sincere sympathy, wishing the missing a safe return and the injured a speedy recovery.”

In September this year, King Salman issued a Royal Decree effecting the reshuffle of his Cabinet which, among others, made Crown Prince Mohammed the prime minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) headed by Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo had earlier revealed the Crown Prince would soon visit the Philippines before the year ends.

The DFA did the revelation after the quick visit on September 28-29 of Foreign Minister His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud to Manila.

Prince Faisal met with President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. during which they discussed their two countries’ wide range of bilateral relations.

He also had a meeting with Manalo. (/)

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