Manila gov't asks Filipinos to leave Bahrain

09:59, March 16, 2011      

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The Philippine government has advised Filipino workers to leave Bahrain following the growing civil unrest in the Middle Eastern country.

"We are urging the some 31,000 Filipinos in Bahrain to restrict their movements to only those which are absolutely essential and also to voluntarily depart the country," Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael Seguis said in Tuesday's briefing.

Sequis said that owing to the rising tensions in Bahrain, the Philippine government raised the alert level there from alert level 1 (heightened alertness) to alert level 2 (restriction of movements).

The Philippine Embassy in Bahrain also assured that they have a contingency plan in place in case to assure the safe repatriation.

"We are hopeful that the political situation will stabilize. Nevertheless, precautionary measures are necessary to assure the safety of our Filipinos in Bahrain," Seguis said.

Source: Xinhua

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