Malacañang gave assurances that the government will extend assistance to the family of the Filipino who died in the hajj stampede.
An unidentified Filipino was among the more than 700 people who were killed in te disaster in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
In a radio interview on Saturday, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the family of the Filipino casualty will receive assistance from the government.
“Rest assured that our Philippine Consulate in Jeddah is already in contact with the family, and the President has also been apprised of the situation, and ang instructions po ng Pangulo diyan is ibigay po natin ‘yung necessary assistance doon po sa pamilya ‘nung biktima,” Valte said.
Over 8,000 Filipinos joined this year’s pilgrimage, according to Philippine officials in Saudi Arabia.
Valte said that the DFA has yet to report if Filipinos were among those hurt or injured in the stampede.