Alert level 4 raised in Libya—DFA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 1, 2019   •   1331

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised the alert level from III to IV in Libya due to the increased threats to the safety and security of the Filipinos in the said country.

According to their statement on Wednesday (May 1), the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli recommended Foreign Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. to raise the alert level.

“The current situation on the ground could no longer guarantee the safety and security of Filipinos who chose to remain despite repeated appeals for them to go home,” the statement reads.

The new alert level covers Tripoli and other areas within a 100-kilometer radius from the capital.

There are over 1,000 Filipinos living in Tripoli.

Locsin appealed to Filipinos in Libya to consider repatriation and requested families to convince their love ones to go home before it’s too late.—Aileen Cerrudo

Filipino scholars studying at shelled Islamic Call College in Libya unharmed – PH envoy

Marje Pelayo   •   January 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Chargé d’Affaires Elmer Cato of the Philippine Embassy in Libya confirmed that all Filipino scholars studying at the Islamic Call College in Tripoli are all safe after several shells exploded just outside the campus.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), meanwhile, reiterates appeal to Filipinos especially those working in the conflict-stricken city to avoid the areas of clashes and, if necessary, immediately evacuate.

In a separate tweet, Chargé d’Affaires Cato confirmed that a shell exploded just near the clinic were eight Filipino nurses were working.

The three nurses were evacuated on Thursday (January 2) prior to the blast.

The DFA assured that the embassy in Tripoli is ready to assist other Filipinos in relocating to safer areas so long as the situation on the ground would allow the rescue teams to reach them and will provide shelter to Filipinos who will be displaced by the conflict.

So far, more than 20 Filipinos have already evacuated their residences in Salahuddin District and are now staying with relatives and friends, the DFA reported.

The DFA said the Embassy will continue to assist Filipinos who may want to avail repatriation.

Three Filipinos so far have availed of the program since the start of the year, the DFA said.

DFA ready to repatriate Filipinos in Iraq if tension escalates

Marje Pelayo   •   January 6, 2020

(FILE PHOTO) OFW IRAQ -Filipino overseas workers with a headband “Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Iraq” rally near the gates of presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Friday, 20 August 2004. There are already some 4,000 Filipino civilians working for various foreign companies in Iraq. More workers have pending applications for jobs there, but the government has yet to lift a ban imposed due to last month’s hostage crisis. EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is appealing to all Filipinos to cancel or defer, until further notice, any travel to Iraq in view of the current tension in the country.

Filipinos in Iraq are likewise strongly advised to coordinate closely with the Philippine Embassy and their respective employers in the event that mandatory evacuation will be necessary.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin said the government is ready to repatriate Filipinos in the Middle East who are willing to return home in case conflict in the region further escalates.

In another tweet, he assured that President Rodrigo Duterte is aware and ready to deal with the crisis in the Middle East.

Filipinos in Iraq are advised to contact the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad through (+964) 781-606-6822; (+964) 751-616-7838; and (+964) 751-876-4665 or via email: baghdad.pe@dfa.gov.ph; and/or via facebook page: Philippine Embassy in Iraq for updates and assistance.

Japanese envoy to visit the Philippines

Marje Pelayo   •   January 3, 2020

Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi speaks during a joint press statement event with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) after their meeting in Tokyo, Japan, 25 November 2019. EPA-EFE/BEHROUZ MEHRI / POOL

MANILA, Philippines – Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Motegi Toshimitsu, is set to visit the Philippines from January 8 to 9 as a guest of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

During his official visit, Minister Motegi will have a bilateral meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin to discuss the advancement of the Philippine-Japan Strategic Partnership in terms of political dialogues, economic and infrastructure cooperation, defense and maritime security, as well as developments in the regional security landscape among others.

Likewise, the foreign ministers will discuss Japan’s support for Mindanao and the transition to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Minister Motegi will also pay a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte as part of his first visit to the Philippines after being appointed to the position in September 2019.

Aside from the Philippines, the foreign minister is also visiting other Southeast Asian countries including Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.

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