Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2019 17:59:21 +0000
THE Philippine embassy in Wellington, New Zealand on Friday advised the Filipino community in Christchurch to remain indoors following a mass shooting that killed at least 49 people and wounded 20 others.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippine embassy in Wellington was closely monitoring the aftermath of an alleged terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch.
The unidentified suspect live-streamed his rampage on Facebook wherein he fired indiscriminately at men, women, and children at the Al Noor mosque and Linwood mosque. He described himself as 28-year-old born in Australia.
Ambassador Jesus Gary Domingo has coordinated with the Philippine consulate In Christchurch and leaders of the 5,000-strong Filipino community in the area.
“The Philippines stands in solidarity with New Zealand following the tragic shootings in Christchurch this morning,” DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of those who lost their lives in the tragedy,” he added. BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO
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