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Bomb going off during the Boston Marathon

Filipinos Safe in the Boston Marathon Bombing

Bomb going off during the Boston Marathon
Boston Bomb

Filipino runners who joined the Boston Marathon were reported safe and are not among the casualties of the recent bombings in the event.


The Department of Foreign Affairs received reports from Filipino officials in the United States that there were no Filipinos among the reported three deaths and 141 injured victims.


DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said, according to the reports, there were ten participants who joined the race and six volunteer nurses stationed near the area during the incident.


Two explosions about 20 seconds apart hit the sporting event behind the cheering spectators and a row of flags representing the countries of participants.


The race has been held yearly since 1897 on Patriots Day which commemorates the US war of independence on the third Monday of April.


It draws tens of thousands of spectators each year, with nearly 27,000 runners this year.


After the incident, Hernandez called on Filipinos in Boston, Massachusetts to exercise heightened vigilance and stay away from large crowds in the meantime to be safe from other possible attacks.


In Manila, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said that it has not detected any terrorist threat in the country and that the security alert level remains normal.


However, AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos asked the public to help them in gathering information and maintaining peace and order by relaying information to authorities if they spot suspicious personalities and items in populated areas.


The Philippine National Police (PNP) also, are already taking precautions, and had sent its intelligence unit to monitor groups that are possible threat in the country so that the Boston incident will not happen in the Philippines.


Meanwhile, President Benigno Aquino III sent a personal message of sympathy and offered prayers to the victims of the bomb attack and to the city where his family had lived for three years, when his father Benigno Aquino Jr. had exiled himself during the Marcos dictatorship.


Corabelle is the Bayanihan's Phillippine News Correspondent.