Filipinos in Thailand urged to cooperate with military authorities
MANILA, Philippines—Filipinos in Thailand have been advised to obtain clearance from the military if they are travelling during curfew hours and to follow all instructions of authorities.
The Philippine Embassy in Bangkok also urged the more than 16,000 overseas Filipinos in the country to “exercise extreme caution” and ensure that they have their identification documents with them at all times.
“Members of the Filipino community in Thailand are advised to continue exercising extreme caution and vigilance for their own personal safety in view of the recent political developments,” the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok said in a statement Friday.
“Please note that travelers who need to leave for, or depart from, the airports, as well as those working night-shifts, during the curfew, will be allowed to proceed to the airport or hotels, with clearance from military commanders near their area of residence/ temporary lodging,” it said.
The Thai military recently took control of government in a coup after several weeks of political turmoil. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was removed from office last May 7, 2014 following an order from the Constitutional Court of Thailand.
The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has issued crisis alert level 2 for Thailand which entails a ban on the deployment of newly hired overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and preparations for the possible evacuation of Filipinos already there.
“Please follow security instructions from/ advice by the Thai authorities, including staying indoors during the curfew period, which is now from midnight to 4:00 a.m.,” the Philippine Embassy in Thailand said.
It also advised the following precautions:
1. Follow security instructions by the authorities;
2. Remain indoors for the duration of the curfew;
3. Avoid non-essential movements within Thailand;
4. Refrain from taking part in protests and other political activities;
5. Carry valid identification documents with you at all times; and
6. Contact the Embassy for emergencies at
760 Sukhumvit Road corner Soi Philippines (Soi 30/1) Bangkok 10110, Kingdom of Thailand
Hotline (for emergency cases only): (+668) 99265954
Fax: (+662) 259-2809
The DFA previously said in a statement that Filipinos are safe in Thailand despite the ongoing political tension.
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