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Safety of OFWs in Egypt top priority

Posted On 2013 Jul 10
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President Benigno S. Aquino III poses for a group photo with the Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla during the courtesy call held at Malacanang’s Heroes Hall. The ensemble formed in 1986 through the vision of Cristina Castro who, with a shoestring budget, searched for several years to find a teacher while building up an arsenal of instruments for the children the IP Rondalla has flourished as a truly Filipino American expression, incorporating into its repertoire aspects of traditional and contemporary music from the Philippines and the United States.also in photo are Violaere Rodriguez Bailey, Education secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and IP Rondalla  founder Cristina Castro (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III poses for a group photo with the Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla during the courtesy call held at Malacanang’s Heroes Hall. The ensemble formed in 1986 through the vision of Cristina Castro who, with a shoestring budget, searched for several years to find a teacher while building up an arsenal of instruments for the children the IP Rondalla has flourished as a truly Filipino American expression, incorporating into its repertoire aspects of traditional and contemporary music from the Philippines and the United States.also in photo are Violaere Rodriguez Bailey, Education secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and IP Rondalla founder Cristina Castro (MNS photo)

MANILA, July 4 (Mabuhay) – Malacañang said on Thursday that it was closely monitoring the events unfolding in Egypt as it underscored the importance of ensuring the safety of overseas Filipino workers in the Middle Eastern country.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing in Malacanang that the Department of Foreign Affairs is reminding all OFWs in Egypt to take every precaution necessary and to remain out of harm’s way.

“Ang concern po natin at ang priority po ng ating pamahalaan ay ang kapakanan po ng ating mga Pilipino doon (in Egypt). Sinabi na po ng ating DFA na nire-request ang ating mga Pilipino doon na mag-ingat at saka huwag lumapit doon sa mga areas na may kaunting kaguluhan. We are monitoring the situation in Egypt right now as well as the safety of our fellow citizens abroad,” Lacierda said.

Egypt is in a state of unrest after massive protests called for the resignation of the country’s 5th president Mohamed Morsi.

Morsi, who was born on August 8, 1951 is an Egyptian politician who assumed office on June 30, 2012 but was declared unseated by Egyptian defense minister Abdul Fatah Khalil Al-Sisi in a coup d’état on Wednesday (July 3). (MNS)

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