• PH maintains advisory against traveling to Thailand


    The Department of Foreign Affairs maintained its advice against non-essential travel to Thailand despite the temporary easing of violent protests there against Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

    Raul Hernandez, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said in a text message that their level of advice has not changed.

    He earlier called on Filipinos to defer non-essential travel to Thailand and to heed the “request” of the Thai government to avoid going to public places and areas of protests.

    This advisory was maintained even amid the easing of political tension in the Thai capital of Bangkok as the police removed the barriers to the Government House and allowed the protesters to enter the compound.

    The protesters and the government reached a truce to ease down the violent protests in celebration of their much revered king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, who will turn 86 today (Thursday).

    But Suthep Thaugsuban, former deputy prime minister of the Democrat Party and the leader of the protesters, said their cause is not done yet as they remain steadfast to seeing an end to Thaksin Shinawatra’s, Yingluck’s brother, regime.

    Although now exiled, many believed Thaksin has still considerable influence in Thailand, the second largest economy in Asia. BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON


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