Filipinos in Bangkok should stay away from crowded places following the deadly blast that rocked a shrine in the Thai capital, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.
During a briefing in Malacañang, DFA spokesman Asec. Charles Jose said that while the situation in Bangkok has already stabilized, Filipinos there should still take safety precautions.
“Sa pinakahuling ulat ng Embassy, tahimik na ulit sa Bangkok. It seems na bumalik na sa normal ang sitwasyon,” Jose told Palace reporters.
“To ensure ‘yung personal safety nila [Filipinos in Bangkok], pansamantala umiwas sa mga lugar na matao, especially places frequented by foreigners,” he added.
At least 22 people were confirmed dead by Thai police officials after a blast that hit Erawan shrine, a popular tourist destination located at one of Bangkok's major intersections.
A Filipino was earlier reported killed in the blast, although Jose said this information has yet to be confirmed. The DFA earlier said that a Filipino woman sustained injury to her hearing due to the explosion.
Thai authorities are already hunting down a suspect in the bombing, spotted through security cameras, and his accomplices.
As these develop, Jose told Filipinos in Bangkok to stay alert.
“Patuloy pa rin naming pinapapaalalahanan ang mga kababayan natin sa Bangkok, unang-una to remain vigilant. Pangalawa, to stay calm,” the DFA spokesman said.
Over 16,000 Filipinos work in Thailand, based on latest government data. —KBK, GMA News