DFA reminds Filipinos abroad on safety after Barcelona attack

Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 18 2017 12:44 PM

Forensic police officers search for clues near the area where a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, August 18, 2017. Sergio Perez, Reuters

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday reminded Filipinos travelling abroad to take additional precautions following the terrorist attack that killed 13 people and wounded more than 100 others at a popular tourist destination in Spain.

The Philippine government continues to check on the condition of a Filipino family of Irish nationality wounded when a van rammed into pedestrians along Las Ramblas in Barcelona, said DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar.

Two of them have been released from the hospital while 2 others were still being monitored, he said.

Bolivar urged Filipinos going abroad to remain vigilant and “be mindful of your surroundings.”

“If you notice any suspicious behavior, any suspicious packages, please immediately report to the police or any authority figure in the area,” he told ABS-CBN News.

They should also secure the contact numbers of the Philippine embassy or consulate nearest their destination, he said. 

“If you have an opportunity, when you land in that country or in that city, please inform the embassy or consulate that you are there, where you are and where you can be contacted in case of emergency.”

The DFA expressed concern over terrorist attacks especially those that targeting civilian populations such as those in London, United Kingdon and Nice, France over the past few years.

Bolivar said Filipinos abroad should “continue living life as normally as possible (but) be extra vigilant.”