Pinauuwi na ng Embahada ng Pilipinas ang mga Pilipinong Namamasukan sa Iraq
Iran vowed to strike back at the US for its targeted killing of top Iran commander Major General Qasem Soleimani.
As the heat between the United States and Iraq intensifies, people in the affected countries are getting more and more anxious. While many believe that the clash will pass, there are those who fear an incoming World War.
In response to news about the possibility of war, the Philippines is getting ready to keep people safe before anything else. The Philippine government issued an order to evacuate more than a thousand Filipino workers currently in Iraq, after Iran struck two airbases in Iraq where US and coalition forces are based. Apparently, more than a dozen missiles were also launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting US military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil.
“As a result of the government’s coordination meetings on the situation in the Middle East in the past few days, the Alert Level in the entire Iraq has been raised to Alert Level 4 calling for mandatory evacuation,” Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Eduardo Menez told reporters on Wednesday, January 8.
Also, in a live video on the Philippine Embassy in Iraq’s Facebook page, Chargé d’Affaires Jomar Sadie announced that President Rodrigo Duterte has directed several government agencies to implement the evacuation of Filipinos in Iraq, following tensions between the United States and Iran. “The marching order for us is to conduct mandatory repatriation,” he said.
OFWs in neighboring countries are urged to come home as well, as there is still a large possibilty that Iran might attack those countries as well. “Filipinos may secure their exit visas and plane tickets needed for their repatriation from their employers,” DFA Assistance Secretary Eduardo Meñez said. “Tungkol po sa ticket…madalas naming makita sa mga empleyado dito, sagot din po ‘yan ng company.”
Posted by Philippine Embassy in Iraq on Tuesday, 7 January 2020