Evacuation ongoing for OFWs in Syria
MANILA - Evacuation of Filipinos from Syria is ongoing, even as the US Senate is expected to vote next week on a resolution that will allow limited American airstrikes on the civil war-torn country.
Even as US President Barack Obama has won the backing of key figures in the US Congress, including Republicans, in his call for limited strikes on Syria to punish President Bashar al-Assad for his suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians, around 100,000 thousand Syrian refugees are now camping in Jordan after fleeing the crisis from their country.
Others fled to Lebanon trying to escape the horrors of war.
The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said evacuation is being undertaken for an estimated 3,000 Filipinos in Syria.
The Filipinos are being taken to Lebanon.
However, Akbayan partylist Rep. Walden Bello has expressed apprehensions on the crisis that the Philippines will face once the American airstrikes on Syria pushes through.
Bello, chairman of the House committee on overseas workers affairs, on Wednesday said if the US airstrikes occur, the crisis may not be contained within Syria but will most likely affect the Middle East where there are some 3 million Filipinos.
He said evacuation of such a large number of Filipinos would be impossible.
The DFA, meanwhile, said if evacuation from the Middle east becomes imminent, the government will have no choice but bring the Filipinos out of harm's way. - with a report from Reuters