DFA: Government ready to evacuate Filipinos in Middle East

IF THE US-Iran conflict escalates, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Sunday, January 5, assured that the Philippines is ready to evacuate Filipinos and President Rodrigo Duterte is capable of handling such crisis.

Locsin made the statement in Twitter posts in response to a query on the country's preparedness to cope with the impact of the conflict.

"We always do. We will get out everyone who wants to get out and return to poverty in the Philippines to stare at their starving loved ones while bullshetters talk about the most dynamic economy in Southeast Asia. Or we will be there with them," he said.

We always do. We will get out everyone who wants to get out and return to poverty in the Philippines to stare at their starving loved ones while bullshetters talk about the most dynamic economy in Southeast Asia. Or we will be there with them. https://t.co/FDJZRiCGWZ

— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) January 5, 2020

On speculation about the President's capability to respond to the crisis, Locsin said, "Yes he is. He has been mayor in the most conflict torn place in Southeast Asia and he carved out a city of peace in the anarchy, giving back to the enemies of peace and wellbeing as good as they dished out to deny that to their victims. Drugs & secession."

Yes he is. He has been mayor in the most conflict torn place in Southeast Asia and he carved out a city of peace in the anarchy, giving back to the enemies of peace and wellbeing as good as they dished out to deny that to their victims. Drugs & secession. https://t.co/FDJZRiCGWZ

— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) January 5, 2020

Earlier, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) called on all Filipinos to cancel, until further notice, any travel to Iraq.

"Filipinos in Iraq are strongly advised to coordinate closely with the Philippine Embassy and their employers in the event mandatory evacuation will be necessary," the DFA added. (MVI/SunStar Philippines)