Pinoys in UK told: Be calm, vigilant
The Philippines on Saturday denounced the latest terrorist attack on a London underground train Friday, injuring at least 22 people.
“We strongly condemn the latest terrorist attack near the Parsons Green station in Southwest London that left scores of people injured,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the blast as we wish them a speedy recovery,” he added.
Abella said that the Philippine Embassy in London is closely monitoring the situation in the United Kingdom, following the latest attack.
“Our embassy officials and staff have advised the members of the Filipino community to remain calm yet vigilant even as there are no reports of Filipinos injured in the explosion,” he added.
The Philippine Embassy in London reported that there were no Filipinos among the 22 people injured in the explosion which authorities confirmed was caused by an improvised explosive device.
“We denounce this act of terror perpetrated against the British people,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said shortly after arriving in New York where he will be attending the United Nations General Assembly.
The United Kingdom has suffered four terrorist incidents this year.
“We pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured in this explosion,” the Secretary said as he urged members of the Filipino Community in London to remain vigilant.
Philippine Ambassador to London Antonio Lagdameo said there are 22 people suffered injuries, none of which are life-threatening.
The explosion occurred around 8:20 a.m. London Time at the rear car of a train pulling into the Parsons Green station of the London Underground’s District Line. The District Line is one of the busiest subway lines in the London Underground system, servicing the Wimbledon and Earl’s Court areas.
There are approximately 182,700 Filipinos living in the United Kingdom. Of this number, 70 percent reside in the Greater London area.