No Filipinos were hurt in the armed assault on a university in Pakistan, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.
"There is no report of any Filipino casualty in the incident," the DFA said in a statement condemning "in the strongest terms" the attack on Bacha Khan University.
The DFA said the attack, which left at least 21 students dead, "is a cowardly and reprehensible act."
"As we extend our most heartfelt sympathies to those who lost their loved ones in this tragic incident, the Philippines expresses the hope that the perpetrators will be identified and held responsible," it added.
The number of dead rose rapidly after armed men stormed the Bacha Khan university in Charsadda, about 50 kilometers from the city of Peshawar, in the latest outrage to hit the militant-infested region.
Police, soldiers and special forces swarmed the university from the ground and the air in a bid to shut down the assault, as television images showed female students running for their lives.
Military spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa said on Twitter that four attackers had been killed.
The DFA said the embassy in Islamabad will continue to monitor the situation and "is prepared to provide assistance to Filipino nationals affected by the incident." —with Agence France-Presse/KBK, GMA News