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DFA cautions Filipinos in Libya amid armed clashes

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, January 18th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday (January 17) cautioned Filipinos in Tripoli in view of renewed armed encounter in the district of Qasir Ben Ghashir and the continuous buildup of military in the area.

In a report, the Philippine Embassy said there were at least six people already killed and 20 others wounded since the clashes began on Wednesday (January 16).

Chargé d’Affaires Mardomel Melicor urged Filipinos in Qasir Ben Ghashir as well as Wadi Al Rabea, Tariq Matar, Esbea and adjoining districts in Tripoli to move to safety and monitor the situations in their areas.

They are advised to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travels and prepare for immediate evacuation should the fighting reaches their locations.

The Embassy calls on Filipinos to report to the hotline numbers +218 91 824 4208 for assistance.

There are some 1,800 Filipinos currently residing and working in Tripoli, according to the Embassy. – Marje Pelayo

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Envoy reiterates plea for repatriation after another Filipino gets hurt in Libya fighting

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Chargé d’Affaires Elmer Cato on Wednesday (April 24) reiterated his plea for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Tripoli to go home.

Cato reported on his social media post that another Filipino, whom he did not name, was wounded when a mortar round fell and exploded in their compound near the Tripoli International Airport .

He added that the Filipino was working for an oil and gas service provider outside the capital Tripoli.

“Our kababayan is lucky he only sustained a shrapnel wound in his right foot. His Sudanese coworker was not—he was killed in the explosion,” Cato said.

Cato said the incident came only a few days after mortar rounds struck a hospital in Qasr bin Ghashir where 18 Filipino nurses working survived. A few days earlier, six Filipinos were caught in the middle of intense clashes in Ain Zara town and several Filipinos who were taken over by armed men also asked the embassy’s help to convince their employers to move them to safety.

“Some of us may not be lucky the next time rockets or mortars rain in on Tripoli,” the official said.

“So before the fighting intensifies further and before it gets closer to where many of our kababayan are in Tripoli, we plead to them and to their families in the Philippines to please seriously consider our offer to bring them home while we still can,” he concluded.

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli maintains Alert Level 3 in Tripoli which means voluntary repatriation is taking place.

Thus, the Embassy continues to advise Filipinos in the African country to volunteer themselves for repatriation. – Marje Pelayo

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DFA raises alert level 3 in Tripoli, Libya

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday raised the alert level from two to three in Tripoli and nearby districts amid the escalating violence in Libya.

“I have raised the alert level in Libya to 3 but only for Tripoli and adjacent districts plus a 100 km radius,” DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. announced in his official Twitter account.

The Philippine Embassy in Libya said the alert level covers Filipinos working and living in Tripoli, as well as in Tahoura, Ghot Romman, Qaraboli, Qasr Khiyar, Esbea, Tarhuna, Bani Waled, Gharyan, Aziziya, Warshifana, Zawia, Surman and Sabratha.

Alert level 3 or voluntary repatriation phase means that Filipinos working in the specified areas but are currently in the Philippines will not be allowed to travel back to Libya until the situation returns to normal.

In an advisory, the embassy renewed its call to Filipinos working within the 100-kilometer radius of the Libyan capital to observe extreme caution and avail of the government’s offer of repatriation amid escalating tensions.

The department has assured to extend assistance to Filipinos who will avail of the repatriation program.

For Filipinos who chose to stay, the embassy has asked them to move to safer locations and to stay away from areas where fighting is taking place.

The DFA also strongly advises Filipinos “against taking part or even going near any public demonstrations or armed formations” and from making comments on social media about Libya’s political situation.

Filipinos in need of emergency shelter are also urged to call the embassy for assistance.

“The Embassy will remain open to respond to requests for assistance from Filipinos who might be affected by the fighting,” the DFA said.

There are 1,000 Filipinos in Tripoli and nearby areas, based on DFA’s estimates.

For urgent assistance, Filipinos in Libya may contact the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli through the number +218-91-824-4208 or through the official Facebook page of the Philippine Embassy in Libya. – Robie de Guzman

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7 Filipino seafarers detained in Libya to return home

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2019

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The seven Filipino seafarers who were recently released in Libya are on their way back to the Philippines.

According to the statement of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The seven Filipino seafarers already left Tripoli with Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Affairs, Abdullah Mamao who personally thanked the Libyan authorities, upon the instructions of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr.

Secretary Locsin also expressed his appreciation to the Libyan authorities for ordering the release of the seven seafarers.

The Libyan High Court ordered their release on February 28 after they were sentenced to four years of imprisonment for allegedly smuggling 16 million liters of oil.—Aileen Cerrudo

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