• Pinoys in Ecuador safe but scared


    NO Filipino was hurt in the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the Pacific coast of Ecuador over the weekend.

    In an e-mail message, Philippine Consul Corazon Oliva de Reyes said all Filipinos in the South American nation are safe.

    “We are so thankful to our dear Lord for making us all Filipinos safe here in Ecuador,” she wrote. “No one suffered or got injured.”

    She said though that “we all got scared.”

    In a separate text message, Charles Jose, assistant secretary and spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), said the Philippine Embassy in Chile, which has jurisdiction over Ecuador, is still monitoring the situation in the affected areas.

    There are about a hundred Filipinos in Ecuador, he added.

    Death toll from Ecuador’s strongest earthquake in decades continues to climb as rescue and search operations are still ongoing.

    Over 400 people were reportedly killed while more than 2,500 were injured.

    The hardest-hit area was Manabi Province, where about 200 people died.

    The tremors flattened buildings, fractured highways and knocked out electricity almost throughout the country.


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