The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that so far no Malaysians were involved in the incident at Resorts World Manila earlier today.
In a statement, Wisma Putra said the Embassy of Malaysia in Manila is closely monitoring the incident with local authorities.
Malaysians in the Philippines are advised to exercise vigilance as well as follow instructions issued by the Philippine authorities, the ministry added.
In the incident, which officials over there believe was a botched robbery attempt, at least 36 have died after a gunman burst into the resort’s casino.
The gunman fired shots and set gaming tables on fire, however it was reported that no one died of gunshot wounds.
A spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte was reported by Reuters as saying that there is no evidence linking the attack to the fighting between government troops and Islamist militants in the country’s south.
Reuters reported that most of the dead suffocated in the chaos.
The gunman, believed to have set himself on fire, was found dead in a hotel room.
Malaysians requiring consular assistance may contact the Embassy of Malaysia in Manila as follows:
Embassy of Malaysia Manila
107 Tordesillas Street,
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Republic of the Philippines
Tel.: 00 (632) 662 8200 / 00 (63) 917 864 0761 (after working hours)
Fax: 00 (632) 662 8202
Email: [email protected]