Binay: Deployment ban to Israel stays for now

Posted at 12/04/2012 7:07 PM | Updated as of 12/04/2012 7:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday reiterated the government’s stand banning deployment of Filipinos to Israel.

"We hope they will understand that lives are at risk, including those of Filipinos," Binay said.

Binay appealed for understanding after the Israeli ambassador and other sectors pressed for the lifting of the ban.

“But once the situation at the Gaza Strip has cleared and a ceasefire is put in place, then the Philippine government will consider lifting the ban as long as we don't put the lives of Filipinos at risk," he said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued Alert level 4 for Gaza City in Palestine that seeks mandatory repatriation of Filipinos.

Under the same order, DFA issued Alert Level 2 (restriction Phase) for Central and Southern Israel, banning the deployment of OFWs in these locations.

Likewise, a travel advisory was issued warning Filipinos against traveling to Gaza and to defer travel to Central and Southern Israel.

There is no travel ban on Israel but tourists are advised to take necessary precaution.