Govt ready to help Pinoys in Thailand

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Malacañang on Sunday promised to assist Filipino workers in Thailand if the violence there escalates.

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In a radio interview, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the Foreign Affairs department and the Philippine Embassy in Thailand follow a set of guidelines in declaring alert levels in their respective jurisdictions.

“The employees of our embassy and the DFA [Department of Foreign Affairs] are aware and are capable of carrying out the appropriate measures to protect our Filipinos there,” he added.

Reports said that two people have been killed and 45 others were injured after anti-government protesters clashed with supporters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the first bloodshed in a week of demonstrations aimed at toppling her administration.

Coloma however stressed that though the Philippine government is closely monitoring the situation, they have not received reports that indicate a need to take drastic measures.

“So far there is no report that should give us reason to worry,” he said.

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