MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines advised its nationals on Thursday, May 29, to flee Libya as it raised crisis alert level 3 (voluntary repatriation phase) in the strife-torn country.
“Under crisis alert level 3, Filipinos in Libya are encouraged to leave the country voluntarily as soon as possible. The Philippine government will shoulder the repatriation cost,” the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.
The DFA cited the “worsening security situation” there.
It also urged Filipinos “to contact the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli to coordinate their repatriation.” It gave the following contact details:
Embassy address: KM 7 Gargaresh Road, Abu Nawas, Tripoli;
Hotline number: (+218) 918244208;
Telephone number (+218-21) 483-3966; and
Official e-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Up to 13,122 Filipinos live in Libya, the DFA said.
The DFA raised the alert level – from level 2 (restriction phase) on Friday, May 23 – as Libya is believed to be at the brink of civil war.
Earlier, a dramatic spike in lawlessness occurred in Libya’s two largest cities. This stirred concern abroad and in oil markets.
To assist Filipinos, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario went to Tripoli, Libya on Wednesday, May 28, “to meet with Philippine embassy officials and the rapid response team there.” Del Rosario led them in implementing the government’s contingency plan.
The United States on Tuesday, May 27, already urged its citizens in Libya to “depart immediately.” – Rappler.com