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69 more Filipinos from Syria returning to Manila


MANILA, Philippines — A batch of 69 Filipinos are set to arrive this week from conflict-torn Syria as government continues its mandatory repatriation program amid a worsening security situation in the Arab country.

Citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Damascus, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez, the spokesman of the Department of Foreign Affairs, said on Monday that 69 Filipinos safely crossed the border between Syria and Lebanon on April 21.

The first batch of some 34 Filipinos were set to arrive in Manila at 11:10 p.m. Monday night aboard Etihad Airways flight while the second

batch of 35 will arrive on Tuesday (April 23) at 3:20 p.m.

Their arrival brings to 3,951 the total number of Filipinos repatriated since government enforced its mandatory repatriation program in 2011.

Hernandez said there could be up to 3,000 Filipinos still in Syria.

“The DFA continues to urge all Filipinos who are still in Syria to seek immediate repatriation as the violence in the country continues to worsen,” Hernandez said.

The DFA also appealed to families of Filipinos in Syria to provide government with details of their loved ones so they could be located and brought back home.

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  • Billy Reyes

    Most of them are Domestic Helper, in some cases some of them are abused, not paid, raped… Maawa naman kayon sa lahi natin pati ba naman sa bansang Syria where cases of human abuse are high meron pa ring Filipinong nagpapa alipin.
    Common Philippine Government don’t sell our people like this. Stop Sending domestic helper in those countries.

    • kanoy


  • jacel_itim_na_puso

    When I was in skhool, my ultimate dream was to be a domestic helper in a Arab country. Then my dad Jemalol Kiram started this fantasy for me to be a princess in Sabah. Then I told my dad, READ MY LIPS. I WANNA BE A MAID IN AN ARAB COUNTRY!

  • disqusted0fu

    Okay, so what is the Aquino government going to do about this now? There are already approximately 8 million people in the PH who are either unemployed or underemployed. Now there’s gonna be more because of the repatriation of the Arab country. What now???

  • kilabot

    pinoys returning home from other countries
    is like the biblical jews returning back to israel after their wanderings.
    the similarity ends there.
    while the jews return home high in hope for their homeland,
    pinoys return home in desperation knowing
    what awaits them: unemployment, rising prices, poverty, crime, politicians…

  • 33Sam

    This is interesting. Considering the reason there is a war in Syria is because U.S. backed Al Qaeda given heat seeking missiles being able to shoot aircraft up to 5k feet are stirring the smelly pot of diabolical subterfuge.. Unguided rockets, point and shoot with longer ranges are also part of the arms package. So here we have the UN freeing Filipino “peacekeepers” when the peace keeper institutions are part of the problem fueling the attack and war in Syria. Real hypocritical! If one day a passenger jetliner is cruising at around 5k feet and then goes off like a roman candle, don’t wonder how that happened. Hey UN peacekeepers: great you have a job, but you should know your bosses are part of the problem!

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