Palace: Govt ready to assist Filipinos in Thailand

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Malacañang on Sunday assured that the government is ready to assist Filipino workers in Thailand if the violence in the Thai capital Bangkok escalates.
In a radio interview, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said there are guidelines in place for the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Coloma said the embassy officials follow the guidelines in declaring alert levels in their jurisdictions.
Reports said that two people have been killed and 45 others were wounded 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 said the Philippine government is closely monitoring the situation but noted there is no report reaching Manila that indicates a need to take drastic measures.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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