MANILA - Filipinos in Christchurch, New Zealand have been advised to stay indoors after at least one gunman opened fire at two mosques that reportedly killed several on Friday.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippine Embassy in Wellington is closely monitoring the situation.
"Ambassador Jesus Gary Domingo is in close coordination with the Philippine Honorary Consulate In Christchurch and leaders of the Filipino community," it said.
There are almost 5,000 Filipinos in Christchurch, the embassy said.
At the same time, the DFA expressed its solidarity with New Zealand and sent prayers.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of those who lost their lives in the tragedy," the DFA said.
Reuters reported that a gunman opened fire on worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, leaving many dead.