• Postpone non-essential travel to Thailand, DFA urges Filipinos

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    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is advising Filipinos to suspend non-essential travel to Thailand in view of the violent political demonstrations there.

    “We ask the Filipino community in Thailand to heed the request of the Thai government and for our nationals to refrain from non essential travel to Thailand at this time,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said in a statement late Monday as protesters demand Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down.

    The Thai government, Hernandez said, earlier issued a “request” to the public “to stay at home in the wake of current political developments in Bangkok.”

    Thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging political rallies in Bangkok streets since last week and troops have been deployed to quell the riots.

    Hernandez said the Philippine embassy in Bangkok is in touch with Filipinos in the capital and closely monitoring political developments. PNA

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