MANILA - No Filipinos have been involved in the riots in London, and other parts of the United Kingdom, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.
In an interview aired on 990AM, DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said that they have been in close coordination with acting ambassador to UK Reynaldo Catapang in London.
He added that leaders of Filipino communities in the country had been alerted, and are monitoring the status of the riots which began Saturday night. The DFA likewise issued an advisory for Filipinos in London warning them to be alert, and refrain from going to business and shopping centers where looting are rampant, and violence are escalating, Hernandez said.
The DFA spokesman said that Filipinos in London may contact the Philippine embassy’s hotline at numbers 00-44-780-279-06-95. The hotline is open to receive complaints, or reports related to the ongoing riots.
Meanwhile, those in Manila who have relatives in London may contact the DFA at 834-33-33.
The riots in London began Saturday night when an initially peaceful protest on a police shooting turned violent, wire agencies reported.
London police on Wednesday deployed 16,000 policemen, and has reportedly calmed down youth rioters. But violence has reportedly erupted in other parts of the UK, as well.