Pinoys in Bahrain running out of food

Posted at 03/17/2011 6:25 PM | Updated as of 03/17/2011 11:22 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Some Filipinos who are trapped inside their homes due to the ongoing conflict in Bahrain appealed to the Philippine government for help.

Bayan Patroller Lorna Aparejado said it has been 5 days since they last went out of their homes.

“Gusto po naming umuwi na po, lahat po kami dito. Kasi po wala kaming pagkain, tubig lang kami. Yung pagkain namin pinaghahati-hatian lang namin kung anong mayroon,” said Aparejado.

Aparejado said she is staying with 6 other Filipinos. They added that they cannot leave their homes because of the violence on the streets.

“May mga pinapalo po, mga Bangladeshi po pinagpapapalo sa ulo, may sinasaksak po. May Pilipinang duguan, di ko po alam kung napag-tripan o sadya pong paluin yung kabayan natin,” said Aparejado.

Mobile phones are their only means of communication with other Filipinos in Bahrain.

“Nagusap-usap po kami na kahit anong mangyari lagi po kaming magtatawagan. Ang hirap ng signal po kaya minsan walang communication. Wala po kaming tv dito. Nakikita lang po namin sa labas, sumisilip sa bintana tapos nagtatanong lang kami sa mga kabayan namin kung anong balita,” she said.

They also got in touch with the Philippine post in Bahrain to ask for immediate help.

“Baka bukas o ngayon pupunta sila,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is sending 2 of its senior officials to Bahrain to check on contingency plans amid the unrest there.

The DFA has also raised alert level 2 in Bahrain, which has been placed on a state of emergency to quell the unrest.

"We will keep a close watch in terms of the escalation of the situation there. As we move on, we will make the proper decision," DFA Secretary Albert Del Rosario said.

The labor department has imposed a partial ban to Bahrain which defers the processing and deployment of all newly-hired OFWs to the country.

However, the ban does not cover returning workers or OFWs who have existing contracts in Bahrain. With ANC