Senators express shock over Orlando mass shooting
Patricia Lourdes Viray ( - June 13, 2016 - 5:06pm

MANILA, Philippines — A few senators have expressed shock over the mass shooting in Orlando, Florinda, which is now considered the worst mass shooting in American history.

At least 50 people were killed and 53 were injured when a gunman opened fire inside a crowded Florida nightclub on Sunday.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago described the incident as "appalling and heartbreaking."

"I long for the day when the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community no longer has to live in fear of discrimination and hate crimes," Santiago said in her Twitter account.

"Woke up to a terrible news. My heart goes out to the victims of the worst mass shooting in history of the US with 50 killed and 53 wounded," Sen. Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito said in his Twitter post.

Meanwhile, Sen. Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara noted the difference in gun laws between the Philippines and the United States.

"We can't buy guns in convenience stores or on the Internet," Angara said when a Twitter user asked him if the Philippines was better on gun control.

Angara described the mass shooting in Orlando as "senseless killings."

The Department of Foreign Affairs earlier said that there are no reports yet of Filipinos affected by the shooting in Florida.

The City of Orlando has released names and ages of victims of the nightclub shooting whose next of kin have been contacted. The city gave no additional information other than the names.

Authorities said suspect Omar Mateen emerged, carrying an AR-15 and fired relentlessly — 20 rounds, 40, then 50 and more. — with reports from Associated Press

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