THE Philippine government has joined the international community in condemning the latest terror attack in New York City that reportedly hurt at least four individuals, Malacañang said on Tuesday, December 12.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the Philippines' Consulate General in New York City gave assurance that no Filipinos were hurt in the incident.
He said the Duterte government hoped for the immediate recuperation of people who sustained injuries during the explosion.
"Terrorism and hate have no place in society," said Roque in a press conference at Malacañang.
"We pray for the speedy recovery of those injured in the New York explosion," he added.
Reports said a lone wolf attacker detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body at one of New York's busiest commuter hubs, leaving at least four people injured.
Roque said the Department of Foreign Affairs is now in close coordination with the Consulate General to ensure that Filipinos residing in New York City are safe.
"The Department of Foreign Affairs, through our Consulate in New York, is in touch with the leaders of the Filipino-American community. They reported that no Filipino or Filipino-American has been affected by the incident," Roque said.
"The Consulate General is closely monitoring the situation, especially as it pertains to the safety and well-being of out fellow countrymen in New York," he added. (SunStar Philippines)