By Genalyn Kabiling
The Philippine government has extended its sympathy and prayers, following the latest mass shooting in the United States that left a dozen people dead including a Filipino-American.
“The Palace offers its heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families of those who perished in the latest mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California late Wednesday evening,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
Panelo said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed that one Filipino-American, Alaina Punzalan Housley, was among those who died in the incident. Housley was an 18-year-old freshman student from Pepperdine University.
“We express our deep condolences to her family and loved ones,” Panelo said.
He said the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles continues to monitor the developments of the “tragedy’ and coordinate with authorities to check if there are more victims from the Filipino-American community. There are 25,879 Filipinos and Filipino-Americans living in Ventura County, he noted.
A former US Marine went on a shooting rampage in a busy car in the California town, killing 12 people. The suspect identified as 28-year-old former Marine Ian David Long reportedly killed himself after opening fire inside the crowded music bar.