Filipinos in Libya urged to Be vigilant

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THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is monitoring the situation of the Filipinos living and working in strife-torn Libya owing to the volatile political situation in the capital, Tripoli.

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“Due to recent political developments in the capital, the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli would like to strongly advise the Filipino community to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions to ensure their safety in Tripoli and its outlying areas,” Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Adelio Angelito Cruz said in a statement.

“The Filipino community is also reminded to avoid known areas of conflict, crowded places and is discouraged from traveling at night unless absolutely necessary,” the statement added.

As of March 6, there were a total of 2,940 Filipinos in Libya. There were 3,043 Filipinos in the country when the DFA declared Crisis Alert Level 4 (which subjects Filipinos to mandatory repatriation) in November 2015. Libya has been in a continuing political crisis since the ouster of its former leader, Moammar Khaddafy in 2011.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Saturday said he was monitoring the developments in Libya during the Holy Week break.

FRANCIS CUETO

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