- President Rodrigo Duterte had an emergency meeting with officials of concerned government agencies regarding the rising tension between the United States and Iran
- According to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, President Duterte ordered the military to prepare for the possible repatriation of OFWs in Iran
- Reports claimed that there are about 1,600 Filipinos in Iran and 6,000 OFWs in Iraq
- It was also reported that the attack against Iran was ordered by US President Donald Trump
Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte conducted an emergency meeting with concerned government agencies over the rising tension between the United States and Iran.
KAMI learned that President Duterte ordered the military to prepare for the possible repatriation of thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFW).
In a report by the Manila Bulletin (authored by Argyll Cyrus Geducos), President Duterte met with the officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of National Defense (DND), Philippine Army, Navy, and Air Force.
President Duterte discussed with the officials the country’s contingency plans to ensure the safety of the OFWs in the Middle East.
“The President has tasked the AFP to prepare its air and naval assets to evacuate and bring home our countrymen if and when open hostilities erupt in the Middle East that may endanger their lives,” the AFP said in a statement.
It has been reported that there are about 1,600 Filipinos in Iran, while there are 6,000 Filipinos in Iraq.
According to the Philippine Star, the tension between Iran and the US began when the head of Iran’s Quds Force, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, was killed at the Baghdad airport. As per the US Department of Defense, the strike was ordered by US President Donald Trump.
It was also reported that the Iraqi group Kataib Hezbollah was blamed by the US for launching a rocket attack that killed a US civilian contractor in Iraq.
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