Phl to ensure Pinoys’ safety in U.S. after Capitol riot

The Philippine government will ensure the safety of Filipinos in the United States following the riot that broke out when supporters of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol Hill, Malacañang said Thursday.

Four individuals were shot down when chaos engulfed the joint session of the US Senate and House Representatives’ ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that will confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, in his televised briefing, urged the Philippine embassy in the U.S. to immediately inform local authorities on the situation of Filipinos there.

“Ang importante lang ngayon ay masiguro na walang Pilipino po na mapapasama diyan sa gulo na iyan,” Roque told reporters.

“At inatasan naman po talaga ang ating mga embahada at ang ating consular office sa Washington, D.C. na mag-monitor at ibalita kaagad kung mayroon pong nasaktan or nadawit na mga Pilipino diyan,” he added.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez said some Filipinos joined hundreds of Trump supporters who tussled with police officers clad in full riot gear.

Some of them had traveled from different states to Washington to join the riot after Trump’s call. The outgoing U.S. leader continued to peddle false claims that he did not lose the election to Biden.

“Ang balita namin merong mga iba na Trump supporters and nakita namin galing din sa ibang states dito sa Amerika pero hindi namin sigurado kung ilan sila,” Romualdez said in an interview with GMA.

But he assured the public that the Philippine embassy and chancery in Washington D.C. were not affected by the protests since it was far from the Capitol Hill.

Roque, meanwhile, also expressed confidence that democracy in America won’t be disrupted amid Trump supporters’ futile bid to overturn election results.

“Nagsalita na po ang ating Secretary of Foreign Affairs, kampante po ang ating Secretary of Foreign Affairs na hindi naman po matitinag ang demokrasya diyan sa Amerika sa panandaliang pagkakagulong nakikita natin,” he said.

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