DFA: No need to repatriate Pinoys from Libya yet

Posted at 09/14/2012 10:44 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday that there is no need to repatriate thousands of Filipinos from Libya just yet.

“No repatriations from Libya. As the ambassador was saying, the environment there is rather safe, as far as Tripoli is concerned, and the demonstrations and attacks are targeted to the US embassy in those areas,” said DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez.

Hernandez cited the report of Ambassador Oscar Orcine who stressed that Filipinos there are still safe.

In an earlier report, Orcine said Filipinos in Libya were told to remain vigilant.

“We have told our Filipino community leaders to be alert and ensure that they are home before it gets dark and if there's any commotion or any unusual activity, to inform us immediately so that we can take action,” Orcine said.

According to Hernandez, there are still about 2,600 Filipinos in Libya. He added that the embassy, under Orcine, is always in touch with community leaders and coordinators.

“They are trying to monitor the situation very closely,” said Hernandez.

The violent protests were sparked by an anti-Muslim video that was released on the internet.

“For now, we have a security arrangement for all our embassies and consulates all over the world. But what is needed is we do a lot of threat assessment and do some measures whenever we see some threat that could affect the embassy and our diplomats and also our Filipino community there,” Hernandez explained.

For relatives of Filipinos in Libya who want to ask for assistance they may call the DFA Hotline at 834-3333. With ANC's Headstart