THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday confirmed that four Irish citizens of Filipino descent were injured in the Thursday terrorist attack in Barcelona that left at least 13 people dead and injured more than 100 others.
The DFA also expressed its condolences to the Spanish Government following the incident.
“The Philippines condemns in the strongest terms this disturbing act of terror perpetrated by extremists against innocent men, women and children in Barcelona,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said in a statement.
“We stand in solidarity with the people of Catalonia and all of Spain and the rest of the world as we fight this common scourge,” Cayetano said as he expressed Manila’s sympathies to the Spanish government and to the families of the victims.
According to reports from the Philippine Honorary Consul in Barcelona, the terrorist attack involved a vehicle that plowed through pedestrians in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas tourist district.
The DFA did not release the names of the four members of Irish family of Filipino descent but said the Philippine Honorary Consulate went to the hospital to check on them.
Honorary Consul Jordi Puig Roches reported that the mother and her daughter have been released from the hospital but that the father and his son are still under observation and are being assisted by the Irish Honorary Consul there, the DFA said.
The DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Madrid and the Honorary Consulate in Barcelona have been in touch with authorities and leaders of the Filipino Community to make sure that the 20,000 other Filipino residents of the northeastern Spanish city are safe.
The terror attack came two days after Cayetano called on the more than 10 million Filipinos abroad to exercise more vigilance in the wake of terrorist incidents all over the world.