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.
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
In another tweet, he assured that President Rodrigo Duterte is aware and ready to deal with the crisis in the Middle East.
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
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: email@example.com; and/or via facebook page: Philippine Embassy in Iraq for updates and assistance.
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