Stay indoors, Filipinos in Egypt urged

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DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has raised crisis alert level 1 in Egypt amid ongoing political and civil unrest in the country.

“Our priority is the safety of the nearly 6,000 Filipinos in Egypt. Upon the recommendation of our embassy in Cairo, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs has raised crisis alert level 1 over Egypt,” DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez announced in a televised press conference Thursday.

“Under this alert level, Filipinos are advised to stay indoors, avoid places where protests are being held and take all necessary precautions,” he said.

The Egyptian military ousted president Mohammed Morsi after four days of mass demonstrations by millions of anti-Morsi protesters.

“[Our] embassy has intensified its monitoring of the political and security situation in that country and has assigned duty officers to man the embassy and its communication lines 24/7,” Hernandez said.

“Our citizens should likewise be on standby for any advisories that the embassy might issue regarding developments on the peace and order situation in the country,” he said.

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  • philhumanist

    DFA is raising the alert only now? The days prior to the overthrow of Morsi were more dangerous. Where was the alert then? Only now that the situation has become calmer with the military under control? A usual case of bureacracy acting late than never is better?

    • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

      Gaya gaya kasi sa US. Nag-issue ng advisory yung mga kano na umuwi na yung non-combatant personnel. Ayun, nakigaya na rin e samantalang umayos na nga yung sitwasyon kasi na oust na si Morsi.

      Bopols talaga tong DFA.

    • speaksoftlylove

      Think hard enough.

      The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was instrumental in ousting former Egypt’s leader Hosni Mubarak. Yet, Egypt’s military arrested their leader. These Muslim Brotherhood boast of large membership in Muslim nations. I bet other Muslim nations will condemn the coup in Egypt sooner or later and may support the Muslim Brotherhood in their armed struggle in Egypt. In sum, the situation in Egypt is like a volcano soon to erupt and it will be bloody because now it’s Egypt’s military which is the enemy unlike before where the military in Egypt was divided.

      The US will not recall their diplomats for nothing or that they are not alarmed of the dangerous situation. That’s why I posted that the action of the DFA is too little and maybe too late.

  • mark_john21

    Okay na ngayon, wala namang gulo. Kanina nga ang luwang luwang traffic from Maadi to Tahrir. Medyo mabagal lang pagdating sa Kornish Nile pagtapat na ng Four Seasons Hotel.

  • limcat

    balita maraming gangs roaming around raping women … this is one reason our kababayans specially the women should stay indoors

  • disqus30

    Egypt should change to parliamentary form of government. I think presidential system of government is not good for them.

    • kanoy

      USA trumps the RP

      RAISES the ALERT level in 3 RP cities on July 4

      DAVEAU COTABATO ZAMBOANGA

      travel at your own risk

  • speaksoftlylove

    Alert level 1 lang ba samantalang pinauwi ng nga ng US ang lahat ng mga diplomats nila?

    As usual, bahala na kayo dyan sa buhay nyo mga OFWs, anyway the flesh market is booming so enjoy while it lasts.

  • niceguy60

    Wow! People Power II sa Egypt. Morsi ousted by the people aided by the military. Bat ba parang familiar ang story na ito?

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