MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday announced that it has filed two diplomatic protests against China through its embassy here in the country.
In a twitter post, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. said the two diplomatic protests stem from an incident wherein China pointed a radar gun at a Philippine Navy ship, and from its move of declaring several parts of the Philippines as part of Hainan province.
Locsin reiterate that these moves are clear violations of international laws and of the Philippine sovereignty.
“At 5:17 pm today the Chinese embassy received 2 diplomatic protests: 1. on the pointing of a radar gun at a Philippine Navy ship in PH waters & 2. declaring parts of Philippine territory as part of Hainan province—both violations of international law & Philippine sovereignty,” Locsin’s tweet said. — mbmf
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 74 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), bringing the total number to 8,762 as of Wednesday (July 8).
Most of the new cases reported are in the Middle East, the DFA said.
Meanwhile, the total number of OFWs under treatment has reached 2,932.
Nineteen new recoveries were also reported, bringing the total of OFWs who have recovered from the disease to 5,237.
However, 13 new deaths were recorded in the Middle East bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities among OFWs to 590.
With the resumption of international flight operations at NAIA Terminal 3 on Wednesday, the DFA expects a rise in repatriations.
The agency assures its steadfast commitment to effectively facilitating and coordinating the safe return of Filipinos affected by the pandemic.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced that 31 countries have already lifted the inbound border restrictions on Filipino travelers subject to medical protocols.
The latest additions to the list of countries that have recently opened their borders include Bahamas, Egypt, Ethiopia, and UAE.
This is out of 177 nations and territories that declared travel bans due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
However, the DFA said a total of 68 countries and territories still do not allow entry into their borders such as Cuba, Haiti, Palau, Timor Leste, France, and most countries in the Middle East/Africa, among others.
About 78 countries/territories, despite inbound border closures, give entry exemptions to Filipinos who are citizens of the destination country and returning residents, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with work visas and contracts, diplomatic or UN passport holders going to post or on official travel.
The new update under this category is Macau SAR, with imposed medical protocols.
Likewise, the DFA said the updated list confirms that 138 countries now allow Filipinos to return to the Philippines, subject to flight availability and other special arrangements.
New countries which have allowed departures for the Philippines include the mentioned countries which also recently opened their inbound restrictions.
Meanwhile, with the recent announcement of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on the resumption of international flight operations at NAIA Terminal 3 beginning 12:01 a.m. of July 8, the DFA reiterated that travel restrictions can change without prior public notice.
The DFA advises all travelers to always check ahead of travel dates with the airlines that will be used as well as with relevant embassies or consulates before departure or before booking a ticket.
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