PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino on Monday ordered Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs officials to help repatriate Filipinos in Libya, where the situation remains “unstable” despite signs of an impending end of hostilities.
“The President has given the instructions to validate the situation and to see what else can be done to help the Filipinos who want to be repatriated,” Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said at a press briefing in Malacañang.
“The President has asked for continuous updates on the situation in Libya,” Valte said.
Acting DFA Secretary Antonio Rodriguez said he has received an advisory from the Philippine embassy in Libya that the situation there “might stabilize” in the next 24 hours.
According to Rodriguez, Foreign Affairs undersecretary Rafael Seguis who is in Libya reported that gunshots have stopped in Tripoli “except for celebratory gunfire.”
There is no movement of troops so far, Rodriguez reported. (End)