DFA: Pinay hurt in Bangkok blast

THE Philippine Embassy in Bangkok confirmed that a Filipina was injured when a large bomb rocked central Bangkok's Ratchaprasong area on Monday night.

It, however, did not confirm international media reports that a Filipino was one of the three foreigners who perished in the blast.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said that the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok is still verifying that report.

He said the injured Filipina sustained hearing injuries because of the blast.

"She is in Bangkok together with [the] foreign family she is working for [and] will return to their country soon. She requests that her other personal details not be revealed," Jose said.

The bomb also killed two Chinese and injured dozens more.

Reports indicate that the attack could be biggest in Thailand since the May 2014 coup that ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

It seemed to target the city's Erawan Shrine, which is popular with Chinese tourists.

Following the incident, the DFA advised Filipinos in Bangkok to remain calm and to observe necessary precautions to ensure their personal safety.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario also deplored the "horrific bombing," which took place near the popular Hindu Temple in Bangkok.

"The bombing apparently has the intention to sow terror and we condemn this act in the strongest terms," the secretary said.

The embassy is coordinating with the hospitals in the area "to verify if any Filipinos are among those who perished or have been injured and to provide assistance."

"The Philippines stands in solidarity with the government and people of Thailand at this trying moment," del Rosario said. (CVB/Sunnex)


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