VP Binay: OFW evacuation plan in Iran ready

Posted at 09/02/12 12:06 AM

 MANILA, Philippines -- Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Saturday that contingency plans are in place to evacuate Filipinos from Iran in case its nuclear plants are attacked.

Binay, who returned home late Saturday afternoon after attending the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Tehran as President Aquino's representative, said he was briefed on the contingency plan by Charge d'Affaires Mariano Dumia of the Philippine Embassy in
Tehran .

"Before meeting with the Filipino-Iranian community at the embassy, I was given a full briefing by Mr. Dumia on the contingency plan that has been put in place in case the well-publicized threat to attack the nuclear plants of Iran comes to pass," Binay said.

"The embassy is hoping the plan will never have to be implemented, but in case it becomes necessary, the embassy is prepared to carry it out to protect the security and safety of the more than 3,640 Filipinos in Iran," he added.

Although Binay said he could not discuss the details of the plan, he expressed confidence that the plan would work.

"Despite the small skeleton force at the Philippine Embassy in Tehran , we have in Mr. Dumia and his colleagues a dedicated staff who will do everything to serve their country and countrymen at a time of need," he said.

According to reports, the US has plans in place to attack Iran 's nuclear sites, if necessary, to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.

Reports say the US and Israel believe Iran is secretly developing nuclear weapons, which Iran has consistently denied saying its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, like energy production.