Gov’t scrambles to get Filipinos out of Syria

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MANILA, Philippines—The government will further intensify the mandatory repatriation of the more than 3,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) still in strife-torn Syria, according to the spokesperson of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

DFA Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez on Monday told reporters that an additional 160 OFWs would be arriving in Manila this week.

“They have been issued exit visas by the Syrian government and have safely crossed the border to Lebanon,” he said, adding that “more border crossings (by Philippine nationals) will be undertaken in the coming days.”

“The Syrian government has assured them of its full support and complete assistance,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez said the foreign office will continue to enforce the government’s mandatory repatriation program to ensure the citizens’ safety.

“We’ve been urging our citizens in Syria to get out of harm’s way and seek immediate repatriation since we raised crisis alert level 4 (in March 2011)… we continue to urge them to seek immediate repatriation for their own safety and well-being,” he said.

Last Friday, 14 more OFWs were flown back to Manila, bringing the total number of repatriates to 4,567 since the civil strife in Syria began.

In a statement, the DFA warned that “the security situation in Syria continues to deteriorate.”

“For assistance, they may call the Philippine Embassy in Damascus, tel. +963-11-6132626 and +963-96-8955057. Relatives of Filipinos who are still in Syria may provide the DFA with information on their present location and contact details in the Middle East nation. They may contact the DFA’s 24-hour Action Center at (02) 8343333,” the agency said.

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  • hardyakka

    Wag na ninyo silang problemahin, noon pa sinabihan na sila na umalis na doon sa Syria, ngayon ano na? Kung kailan sobra na ang gulo….

  • GKLer

    Filipinos should avoid the entire region now during the End Times.
    The Philippines should never go against Jerusalem ever.

    The prophecy from God in Isaiah 17 says: ““Look, the city of Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins………..declares the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”

    If you look at this map: en . wikipedia . org/wiki/File:Kingdoms_around_Israel_830_map . svg

    –you can see 3 of 4 fulfilled prophecies: that the Kingdom of Edom is gone, Kingdom of Moab is gone, Kingdom of Ammon is gone (refer to Jeremiah 49, 48 Ezekiel 25, 35, Zephaniah 2, Obadiah 1:18).

    All that remains is the destruction of the Kingdom of Damascus (Isaiah 17). When that happens, see what happens to Israel in Zechariah 12, 14, Ezekiel 38….the nations attack Israel…..and finally the coming of Christ!!

    Read the rest of the visible signs of the End Times here: Matthew 24, Luke 21, 2 Timothy 3, 1 Timothy 4 and compare them to current events.

    Jesus said in Matthew 24 “14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the END will come.

    That is now ~partially fulfilled. Only the END is what we are waiting for – tied to Christ’s return and the coming of the Kingdom. TODAY it is estimated that 7.5 billion Bibles have been printed since 1816 and are in circulation in 2370 languages. 100 million are being sold per year, not including electronic copies -despite Rome’s (the most powerful nation in the world for almost 1000 years) attempts to execute Christians for 300 years, and the Roman Catholic Church’s attempts to suppress the Bible and execute those who read it for 600 years (~1200AD – 1800AD).

    The Kingdom is coming to rule over the Nations!
    (Matthew 6:9-10,33, Psalm 22:28, Psalm 47:8, Psalm 67:4, 1 Chronicles 16:31 )

    • walaywalay

      >>>Filipinos should avoid the entire region now during the End Times.
      REPENT REPENT THE END IS NEAR ROTFLMAO
      and go where to starve and be dirt poor? the RP? they are no safer here than they are in Syria
      The RP is #2 in the world behind Mexico in unsolved murder cases and the kidnapping rate is higher here than in Syria

      • jin2012

        You need proof, you just provided it yourself:

        2 Peter 3:3, Jude 1:18
        “Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires.”

    • HH FE

      end times ???

      • jin2012

        also known as the Last Days, -the short period of time, the length of which is a “generation” (a lifetime), before the coming of Christ. The disciples asked Christ about it, his reply is in Matthew 24, etc…

      • HH FE

        also known as crazy talk.

      • jin2012

        crazy talk? when you have 3 fulfilled out of 4 prophecies (gkler above), the likelihood of the 4th coming true is quite high – it’s called statistics and probability, a branch of mathematics.

      • HH FE

        1. There no longer is a “Kingdom of Damascus”. The structures during time the book of Isiah are now just a shadow of its former glory. It has been that way for quite some time now (many generations).
        2. Does the book of Isaiah specifically say that the fall of Damascus is a sign of “the end times” ?

      • jin2012

        Those are really good points.

        On 1. Isaiah 17 was writtten after 732BC. Damascus was already mentioned as early as Genesis 14:15 (written by Moses 1513BC). Damascus even existed during the time of Christ as well, refer to Acts 9 “…As he [Paul] was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him…” So we know Damascus was around even in (~33AD-61AD the years covered by the book of Acts).

        Q: So my question to you is, has the old ancient city of Damascus – the one specifically the bible is referring to when it was written, become “a heap of ruins” or “the city of Damascus will disappear!” since 61AD (during the ROMAN EMPIRE era) as stated in Isaiah 17?

        A: The wiki states this:

        The Old City of Damascus with an approximate area of 128 hectares[67] is surrounded by ramparts on the northern and eastern sides and part of the southern side. There are seven extant city gates, the oldest of which dates back to the ROMAN PERIOD. These are, clockwise from the north of the citadel: …….

        Due to the rapid decline of the population of Old Damascus (between 1995–2005 more than 20,000 people moved out of the old city for more modern accommodation), a growing number of buildings are being abandoned or are falling into disrepair. In March 2007, the local government announced that it would be demolishing Old City buildings along a 1,400-metre (4,600 ft) stretch of rampart walls as part of a redevelopment scheme. These factors resulted in the Old City being placed by the World Monuments Fund on its 2008 Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the world. It is hoped that its inclusion on the list will draw more public awareness to these significant threats to the future of the historic Old City of Damascus.

        ……..Sounds to me it is still there and is still populated….

        Isaiah 17 states “The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid.”

        On 2. I will simply say: No. -If you want a quick answer.

        But we all know the bible isn’t simple.

        Here’s one set of prophecies that brought the exiled Jews (since the Babylon era) back to Israel in 1948. In 1967 after the Six Day War, east and west Jerusalem was finally reunited by the Israelites.

        They were in exile for about 2500 years, oddly they did not disappear as a people.

        Jeremiah 31:10, Jeremiah 32:36-37, Ezekiel 34, 33, Ezekiel 37:21-22, Ezekiel 36:11, Jeremiah 16:14-15, Amos 9:14-15, Deuteronomy 30:3-5, Isaiah 43:5-6, Zechariah 8:7-8

        Here is one of those:

        Jeremiah 32:36-37
        36 “You are saying about this city, ‘By the sword, famine and plague it will be given into the hands of the king of Babylon’; but this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 37 I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety.

        That took ~2500 years to fulfill. But you have to ask why was this fulfilled in 1948????

      • HH FE

        tl;dr

      • jin2012

        Short version:

        1. Damascus was still around during Paul’s time ~61AD (Acts 9) (ie. Roman Era). So Isaiah 17 hasn’t been fulfilled yet. See the wiki on Old Damascus – still populated since the Roman era to this day.

        2. No if you want a simple answer. But with the bible, it isn’t that simple at times.

      • HH FE

        1) I concede that Damascus is still a city. You call that an unfulfilled prophecy, I’ll call it yet another evidence of the failure of supposed prophecies in the Bible. It doesn’t matter if the falls tomorrow, or next week or whenever. Every city eventually falls anyway.
        2) The Bible is almost never simple. It is, after all, a crazy mess of letters and books.

      • jin2012

        1. No that’s not how it works. You see, Israel (Jerusalem – city) won’t fall, despite the fact the nations will attack it (in the future), because of the prophecy in Zechariah 12 and 14.
        2. It requires study – just like calculus – a “crazy” mess of symbols, letters as well. Some of it is direct and simple, some of it difficult and highly symbolic. Reading it from cover to cover to understand it will be difficult for anyone.

      • HH FE

        1. except when Jerusalem eventually falls.
        2. Calculus may be difficult but it’s not crazy.There is a logical method to work through it. it’s consistent. It helps solves problems. The opposite can be said about the Bible.

      • himig_sensya

        Hi Jin, hope you forgive me for asking, you were speaking about damascus as a sign of the end times, are we nearing the end? thanks in advance.

      • jin2012

        Hi himig, refer to the *long* reply to you from GKLer in the other thread: “PSE index falls anew over Syria jitters” (Yes I saw your comment there too). If you have questions, I will be happy to add there. GKLer said it well.

    • Diepor

      LOL. Last in line when brain was handed out?

      • jin2012

        You need proof, you just provided it yourself:

        2 Peter 3:3, Jude 1:18
        “Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires.”

      • Diepor

        I guess you are a fanatic that cant be convinced by logic. Good luck going around thinking the end is near. There is no god on the way to judge living and dead, nothing will happen. I can remind you here on disqus every year, and for evey year past you look more stupid.

      • jin2012

        Proof of God is in prophecy. There are about 2000 fulfilled prophecies, how many do you know of?

        Here’s one set of prophecies that brought the exiled Jews (since the Babylon era) back to Israel in 1948. In 1967 after the Six Day War, east and west Jerusalem was finally reunited by the Israelites.

        They were in exile for about 2500 years, oddly they did not disappear as a people.

        Jeremiah 31:10, Jeremiah 32:36-37, Ezekiel 34, 33, Ezekiel 37:21-22, Ezekiel 36:11, Jeremiah 16:14-15, Amos 9:14-15, Deuteronomy 30:3-5, Isaiah 43:5-6, Zechariah 8:7-8

        Here is one of those:

        Jeremiah 32:36-37
        36 “You are saying about this city, ‘By the sword, famine and plague it will be given into the hands of the king of Babylon’; but this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 37 I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety.

        That took ~2500 years to fulfill. But you have to ask why was this fulfilled in 1948????

      • Diepor

        Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to lie with us, as is the custom all over the earth. Let’s get our father to drink wine and then lie with him and preserve our family line through our father.”

        That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and lay with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.

        The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I lay with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and lie with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.” So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went and lay with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.

        So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father.

        Genesis 19:30-36

      • jin2012

        That’s correct. Guess what, Cain even killed his brother Abel. ”
        Genesis 4:10 “10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.

        God even wiped out entire nations due to their wickedness.
        The next one to watch out for is the destruction of Damascus as prophesied in Isaiah 17.

        All these events, the wickedness, corruption that spread to the entire world can be traced to the Fall of Man in Eden. Because of that sin, all mankind is doomed to die. But Christ fixed all that by paying in blood. We await for his return so that the Kingdom will be established on Earth so that Mankind can live under God’s rule free from death, pain, suffering, and all that corruption.

        And I am certain, you have no idea what I am talking about.

      • Diepor

        Some people really needs something to belive in, because they are poor and miserable in this life they get by hoping for some god to punish the people with good lives. Have you ever tought about that you have your religion because of where you born. If you were born in Pakistan with muslim parents you would be a fanatic muslim, if you were born in Thailand you would be a fanatic Buddist and so on.

      • Guest

        Here’s another:

        Matthew 24:39 (Jesus speaks) “People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.”

      • Diepor

        Nothing wil happen when it comes to gods coming down from the sky. Sorry to dissapoint you.

      • jin2012

        Sorry you are wrong, I have 2000 fulfilled prophecies that says we are right. See below.

  • askal2u

    Dalawang taon na giyera dyan, at meron pa rin mga Pinoyu, ang kukulit. Bayaan nyo sila doon, ginusto nila na magpaiwan di manigas sila.

  • juan de la cruz

    if there was only an employment opportunities in this country then our fellow kababayan would never risk their lives.

    please have the tax money be used wisely for the improvement of every Filipino and an opportunity to provide jobs locally with a descent compensation to uplift their standard of living. these are the calls for the government to act now.

    if the government keeps on depending on OFW remittances, these chances is getting slimmer day by day as middle east will have no peace and possibility of worst days are coming.

    • kilawon(the return)

      id rather plant kamote than working in syria or middleast! it’s part of the mindset of pinoys that everything on the other side is greener! which is not true!…. just observe all chekwas, the kimchis or hentai lover , they thrive in our country! PINOYS hala bakwet in AMERIKA or all over world!

  • 33Sam

    NO SHIRT $HITLOCK.

    EVEN AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE SHOWING THEIR DISDAIN WITH THEIR OWN GLOBALIST CONTROLLED GOVERNMENT SHOWING THESE PHOTOS:

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