Thai PM assures PHL: Situation in Bangkok ‘under control’ after deadly blast

President Benigno S. Aquino III shakes hands with General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 28, 2015). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first official visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014.  (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III shakes hands with General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 28, 2015). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first official visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Thailand’s Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha gave assurance on Friday that the situation in Bangkok is already “under control” following the bombing attack there earlier this month that left at least 20 people killed and more than a hundred others, including a Filipino, injured.

During his official visit to the Philippines, Prayut told President Benigno Aquino III that Thai authorities are pursuing the individuals behind the bombing.

“The situation is now under control by authorities, and necessary measures have been taken to assist victims affected by the situation,” the Thai leader said during a joint statement with Aquino in Malacañang on Friday afternoon.

“Security officials are investigating and searching the perpetrators to bring them to justice,” he added.

President Benigno S. Aquino III witnesses General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, sign the Palace Guest Book at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first official visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. Also in photo are Madame Naraporn Chan-o-cha and Presidential Sister Maria Elena Balsy Aquino Cruz. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III witnesses General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, sign the Palace Guest Book at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first official visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. Also in photo are Madame Naraporn Chan-o-cha and Presidential Sister Maria Elena Balsy Aquino Cruz. (MNS photo)

Prayut also expressed sympathy for the Filipino who was wounded in the blast.

Aquino, for his part, extended condolences to the people of Thailand for the tragedy.

“As always, we Filipinos will stand with our brothers, the Thai people,” the Philippine leader said.

At least 20 people have been confirmed dead by Thai police officials after a blast that hit Erawan shrine, a popular tourist destination located at one of Bangkok’s major intersections, last August 17.

The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier confirmed that a Filipino sustained injury to her hearing due to the explosion. The agency has also raised Alert Level 1 in Thailand, advising Filipinos in the country to “take necessary precautions.”

Thai authorities are still hunting down a suspect in the bombing, spotted through security cameras, and his accomplices.(MNS)

President Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges pleasantries with General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges pleasantries with General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, delivers his remarks during the joint press conference with President Benigno S. Aquino III held  at the President’s Hall of the Malacañan Palace for the Official Visit to the Philippines on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, delivers his remarks during the joint press conference with President Benigno S. Aquino III held at the President’s Hall of the Malacañan Palace for the Official Visit to the Philippines on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III exchange views with General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, during the expanded bilateral meeting at the Aguinaldo State Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first official visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III exchange views with General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, during the expanded bilateral meeting at the Aguinaldo State Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first official visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, upon arrival at the Malacañan Palace Grounds for the Official Visit to the Philippines on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, upon arrival at the Malacañan Palace Grounds for the Official Visit to the Philippines on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III and General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, honor the colors during the welcome ceremony at the Malacañan Palace Grounds on Friday (August 28, 2015). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first official visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III and General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, honor the colors during the welcome ceremony at the Malacañan Palace Grounds on Friday (August 28, 2015). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first official visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III and General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, greet Thai officials during the welcome ceremony at the Malacañan Palace Grounds on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first official visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III and General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, greet Thai officials during the welcome ceremony at the Malacañan Palace Grounds on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first official visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III with General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand shake hands after delevering their  statements at the joint press conference held at the President’s Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III with General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand shake hands after delevering their statements at the joint press conference held at the President’s Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the state luncheon at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace for the official visit of General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the state luncheon at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace for the official visit of General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III listens as General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, delivers his message during the state luncheon at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first official visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III listens as General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, delivers his message during the state luncheon at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (August 28). This is the Thai Prime Minister’s first official visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. (MNS photo)

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