Palace expresses sympathy to kin of victims of New York City attack
THE Phi l i ppi ne government on Wednesday expressed its sympathies to the families of at least 20 victims of the latest at tack in New York City.
“We expr ess our deep sympathies to the fami l ies and fr iends of the innocent victims killed in a truck at tack on a New York bike path,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.
Malacañang issued the statement even as it confirmed that there are no reports of Filipinos injured in the attack.
On Tuesday, a rented pickup t ruck plowed down a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan in New York City, killing at least eight people and injuring 11 other s
Author i t i es repor ted that the pickup truck smashed into a school bus bef ore the dr i ver jumped out and was shot by a police officer.
Reports from internat ional press sai d t he assai l ant was identified as Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who was in cr i ti cal condit ion after being shot in the abdomen.
A handwr i t t en note, which indicates that the attack was carried out by Islamic State group, was allegedly found in the truck.
Andanar said the Philippine Consulate General in New York is currently monitoring the latest developments after the attacks.
Members of the Filipino community in New York City were also advised to remain calm and vigilant.
“The Phi l i ppine Consulate General in New York i s closely monitoring the situation and has advised the member s of the Filipino community in the area to remain calm yet vigilant even as there are no reports of Filipinos injured in the truck attack,” Andanar said. ( Ruth Abbey Gi ta/ SunStar Philippines)