Defense of the Republic of the Philippines

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Title: DFA declares mandatory repatriation in Tripoli
Post by: adroth on May 01, 2019, 03:12:01 PM
DFA declares mandatory repatriation in Tripoli
By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora  May 1, 2019, 2:26 pm

MANILA-- The Philippine government has declared a Crisis Alert Level IV in Tripoli or mandatory repatriation phase "due to increased threats to the safety and security of the more than 1,000 Filipinos who are still there".

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. raised the alert level upon the recommendation of the Philippine embassy in Tripoli which said the current situation on the ground could no longer guarantee the safety and security of Filipinos who chose to remain in the capital.

Chargé d’Affaires Elmer Cato said the fighting in the outskirts of Tripoli will soon make it difficult for the embassy to respond to urgent requests for assistance from distressed Filipinos.

With the declaration of Alert Level IV, the embassy vowed to double its efforts in persuading Filipinos to go home.

The new alert level, which covers only Tripoli and other areas within a 100-kilometer radius from the capital, was raised after a number of Filipinos suddenly found themselves in the middle of fierce fighting on Monday.

The agency said this was followed by the shelling of several hospitals and residential areas that left at least two Filipinos wounded.

In raising the alert level, Locsin appealed to Filipinos still in Tripoli to seriously consider repatriation before the situation further escalates.

He also requested the help of families in the Philippines in convincing their loved ones in Tripoli to accept the repatriation offer. (PNA)
Title: Re: DFA declares mandatory repatriation in Tripoli
Post by: adroth on May 02, 2019, 03:12:59 PM
Elmer G Cato

In 2011, our colleagues at Damascus PE had to paint a large Philippine flag on the roof of the Embassy to make sure it would not be targeted by mistake. With more and more airstrikes being carried out in Tripoli during the past several days, we decided to do what Damascus PE did. This time, we had a large Philippine flag printed on tarpaulin and placed on the rooftop to make sure the Philippine Embassy can easily be identified as a diplomatic mission from the air. Let’s hope it works.