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16/04/2013: PH Authorities in Touch with FBI, DHS to Make Sure No Pinoy among Casualties in Boston Marathon Blasts

16 April 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippines is coordinating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that there are no Filipinos among the casualties in the deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

In a statement, the Philippine Embassy also said that a consular officer from the Philippine Consulate General in New York was also en route to Boston on Tuesday to see to it that all Filipino nationals there are safe and accounted for.

The Embassy said Police Attaché Senior Superintendent Jose Gentiles on Tuesday requested both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security for assistance in determining possible Filipino casualties in the bombings.

The request was made in the wake of concerns that in addition to the initial list of Filipinos who were reported to be safe following the back-to-back explosions, other Filipino nationals could have been near the incident site either as participants or spectators.

“To ensure that there are no Filipinos affected by the incident, the Consulate General in New York dispatched a consular officer to Boston today to meet with authorities and members of the Filipino-American Community,” the Embassy said as it quoted Consul General Mario De Leon as saying that that consular officer Charlie Nabo is ready to extend any assistance that Filipino nationals there may require.

The Embassy said Consul General De Leon remains in contact with law enforcement authorities, hospitals, Filipino-American Community organizations, media, and Filipino and Filipino-American athletes who took part in the Boston Marathon to ensure that the Consulate General is updated on developments there.

The Philippine Consulates General in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Honolulu and Agana also continue to monitor the situation in their respective areas of jurisdiction, the Embassy said in a statement issued a few hours after the incident that claimed three lives and seriously injured more than 170 others.

“The Embassy and the Consulates General in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Agana extend their deepest sympathy to and express solidarity with the victims of the explosions that took place in Boston, Massachusetts, on Monday, 15 April 2013,” the Embassy’s statement read.

“We mourn the loss of innocent lives and pray for those who were injured as a result of this incident that took place on a day when the people of Boston, including the Filipino-American Community, commemorate an important day in Massachusetts and United States history,” it said.

In light of the incident, the Embassy urged the Filipino Community in the United States to continue monitoring developments and to observe the usual caution when attending or going to large, public gatherings. The public was asked to contact the Philippine Consulate General Duty Officer at 917.294.0196 for any emergencies related to the Boston explosions. ###