Palace asks Filipinos in Belgium to be vigilant

MALACANANG advised the Filipinos in Belgium to remain vigilant and heed the call of authorities there if they have any announcements.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., quoting Philippine Ambassador to Belgium Victoria Bataclan, said no Filipino has been killed or injured during the terror attacks.

"Wala naman tayong natatanggap na ulat na mayroong nadamay doon sa mga pagsabog sa airport at doon sa Metro or train station. Patuloy na tinututukan ni Ambassador Bataclan ang sitwasyon doon at sinabi naman niyang nasa maayos na kalagayan naman ang ating mga mamamayan at patuloy na sinusubaybayan ang mga kaganapan sa Brussels," he said.

"Nandoon 'yung paalala sa kanila na maging maagap at maging maalam hinggil sa kanilang personal na seguridad at antabayanan lahat ng mga anunsyo ng mga awtoridad sa lugar na 'yon," he added.

Three explosions rocked the Brussels airport and the train station in the Belgian capital on Tuesday, killing some 34 people and injuring about 250.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombings.

Coloma also assured that sufficient security measures are being implemented in the country following the bomb attacks in Belgium.

"Ang ipinaiiral natin ay ang mga deterrents at detection measures tulad nga ng heightened visibility of uniformed personnel sa mga terminals at ang pagpapakita na ang ating sinusunod ay mga patakaran na magpapatatag sa seguridad ng mga transportation terminals," he said.

These security measures in airports and terminals, he said, include the inspection of people and vehicles, and X-ray scans of baggage, hand-carried items and cargoes.

"Hindi ito pangkaraniwang ginagawa sa ibang bansa at kahit hindi pa naganap ang pinakahuling terror attack sa Brussels, matagal nang ipinapatupad at pinapairal ang mga security measures na katulad ng ating nabanggit bilang pagpapatatag sa kasiguruhan ng seguridad ng ating mga mamamayan at ng mga naglalakbay sa loob ng ating bansa," Coloma said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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