MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassy in Bangkok is in contact with Thai authorities to find out if any Filipinos were involved in the death of more than 30 people in a bloody daycare crime in the northern province of Nongbua Lamphu last Thursday.
“The Embassy is working with the Thai authorities and the Filipino community in Thailand to find out if any Filipinos are among the dead or injured,” the embassy said.
Ambassador Millicent Cruz-Paredes said in an interview with ANC that so far the report that there is a Filipino involved in the incident is still negative.
“We have already contacted the Royal Thai Police asking for information if there are any Filipinos who have been affected. By God’s mercy, until now, we have not received any news about that,” he said.
Despite this, the Embassy said they are ready to provide the necessary assistance to any affected Filipino.
“We are one with the people of Thailand in sorrow and in shock over this tragedy. And we sympathize with the victims’ families. And I hope that what happened will not get worse,” added Cruz-Paredes.
The suspect, a former police officer, killed at least 37, more than 20 of them children in a knife and gun attack at a child care center.
He then shot his wife and son at home before killing himself.
Reports said the assailant was fired in June for drug use. RNA
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