Peaceful end to Thailand crisis sought

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The Philippines on Sunday called for a peaceful end to the political turmoil in Thailand.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) urged Thai officials to remain committed to the democratic principles enshrined in their Constitution.

“As a friend and fellow Asean member, the Philippines hopes the Thai people will be able to resolve this latest political challenge peacefully through dialogue and in the spirit of national harmony,” the department said in a statement.

Asean refers to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which groups the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia, Cambodia and Brunei Darussalam.

“The Philippines likewise hopes that the present authorities will honor their commitment to respect democratic principles and human rights at all times and will restore civilian authority,” the DFA said.

The department has raised crisis alert level 2 in Thailand, meaning Filipinos must restrict their movements, avoid places of protests, defer non-essential travel and prepare for possible evacuation.

On Thursday, Thai’s military seized power in an attempt to end the country’s political turmoil. The move was not welcomed by Thailand’s Western allies.

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