DFA Raised Alert Level in Bahrain, Urges Filipinos to Voluntarily Depart

By on Mar 16, 2011 in Current Events, Events, Middle East, World Comments
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In light of growing civil unrest in Bahrain, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has raised the alert level in the country from alert level 1 (heightened alertness) to alert level 2 (restriction of movement), according to its official website.

The DFA also urges Filipinos in Bahrain to depart voluntarily. “The DFA has raised the alert level to alert level 2. By this, we are asking our nationals to restrict their movements to those which are necessary, and to voluntarily depart Bahrain,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael E. Seguis was quoted saying.

However, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Bahrain informed Batangas Today that although they wanted to leave Bahrain already, their employers do not allow them. They said that their passports were still in the hands of their employers.

“Nagkakagulo na dito. Gusto na naming umuwi. Di kami pinapauwi. Di kasi namin hawak mga passport namin,” (It’s already panicky here. We would like to go home already. But they don’t allow us. Our passports are not with us yet.) our source told us in a Facebook chat.

The Philippine Embassy in Bahrain has made available the following hotline numbers for Filipinos to get updates: (973) 17721234, (973) 17740951 and (973) 17721908.

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