By Junex Doronio
October 30, 2022
MANILA – What was supposed to be fun-filled a Halloween party in Seoul, South Korea turned bloody and gory as a stampede left at least 151 people dead and 150 injured although Migrant Workers Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople on Sunday said no overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) reportedly hurt.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that based on Philippine Embassy in Seoul, there was no Filipino hurt and of the casualties, two foreign nationals were reportedly killed, while 15 other foreigners were injured.
“[P]er our labor attaché, no reports of OFWs hurt as of this time but they are still monitoring the situation,” Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople said when interviewed by GMA News Online.
“The (Philippine) Embassy is closely monitoring the situation and is in coordination with local authorities in case any Filipino national has been affected,” the DFA further said in a statement.
It added:“The Embassy continues to remind all Filipinos in Korea to observe precautions during large events,” it added.
Research shows that the Halloween holiday is a pagan religious festivity when people wear costumes supposedly to ward off ghosts. (ai/mtvn)