MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said it is still checking if there is any Filipino who may be among the several hostages being held by an armed man at a chocolate shop and café in Sydney.
DFA spokesman Charles Jose said the New South Wales police are still determining the nationalities of the hostages.
“We are in close contact with our diplomatic posts in Canberra and Sydney in monitoring the unfolding events,” Jose said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Australia in this time of crisis and we hope that this unfortunate predicament will be resolved soon in a peaceful manner.”
The DFA has called on the members of the Filipino community in New South Wales to remain calm and vigilant as the Australian police continue to handle the situation.