Locsin, protesters in face-off at DFA

January 10, 2020
FOREIGN Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. yesterday confronted rallyists calling for the protection of millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East following Iran’s firing missiles at two US military bases in Iraq in retaliation for the death of Iranian Major General Qassem Suleimani last week.

Alert level 4 raised in Iraq

January 08, 2020
“Sino po ang mag-sisecure ng exit visa kung employed? Ito ay employer. Kung walang employer o biktima ng human trafficking, makipag-ugnayan po kayo sa amin (Who will secure the exit visa if employed? The employer. If you don’t have an employer or you’re a victim of human trafficking, contact us),” he added.

No Pinoy hurt in Iraq attacks

January 08, 2020
Locsin cited information from the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC which quoted the Pentagon as saying “more than a dozen missiles” were launched from Iran hitting the Al Asad and Erbil military bases in Iraq holding troops from the United States in what was believed to be a retaliation to a US airstrike that killed Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds military force, on January 3.

DFA calls inter-agency meet on MidEast crisis

January 08, 2020
Led by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Y. Arriola, the Conference was attended by representatives from the Office of the President, House of Representatives-Office of the Speaker, Department of National Defense, Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Security Council, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Transportation, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, and Office of Civil Defense.

Rescue plan ready

January 05, 2020
FOREIGN Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. yesterday said the Philippine Government has put in place contingency plans for thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East should the tension further escalate following the assassination of Iran’s top military generals.