By Roy Mabasa
The Philippine government is monitoring a shooting incident in Utrecht in the Netherlands that has left several persons wounded.
“The Philippines is greatly saddened that such an incident has occurred in a peaceful country such as the Netherlands. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dutch people and government during this difficult time,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.
Based on the latest report from the Philippine Embassy, there are three dead and nine injured in the shooting incident in Utrecht.
The Embassy is still trying to ascertain if there are Filipinos among the dead and injured.
In a report, the Philippine Embassy in The Hague said it is currently coordinating with Dutch police and the Dutch Foreign Ministry on developments regarding the shooting incident.
The Embassy said it is also contacting Filipino community members in Utrecht and is advising them to take necessary precautions.
No fatalities have been reported.