Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel joined local celebrities in offering their prayers for those who died after a lone gunman started a fire inside Resorts World Manila Friday night, tweeting: "Prayers for my Pinoy friends."
A fan of Manny Pacquiao, Duhamel, who has also been vocal about his sweet spot for Filipinos, was among those who reacted to the fatal incident which has left over 30 people dead, mostly due to suffocation.
Another is apl.de.ap, a Filipino-American best known for being a member of Black Eyed Peas, who said: "Stop ruining the country that I love."
Ruffa Gutierrez, in her tweets, said that her mother, talent manager Annabelle Rama, had just left the upscale casino resort before the attack happened.
Comedian Vice Ganda, singer Christian Bautista, director Mae Cruz Alviar, and television host Bianca Gonzalez also took to Twitter to express shock.
Karylle, Coleen Garcia, Chito Miranda, Ogie Alcasid, and Dingdong Dantes also joined in the chorus of prayers for the victims.
The gunman reportedly brought gasoline in soft drink bottles, which he then used to set fire to casino tables inside the complex, a police official said Friday.
National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar Albayalde said the unidentified gunmen parked his car inside Resorts World, and then went straight to the casino, carrying a long firearm, ammunition and a bottle of gasoline.