MANILA – The Philippine Embassy in Bangkok on Friday advised Filipinos living and traveling to the country to be vigilant in the wake of anti-government protests.
"We have not received any calls for assistance yet from the Filipino community in Thailand, but of course, we have already been receiving inquiries about the situation and we always keep them updated about the situation," said Philippine Consul General Edgar Badajos.
Badajos likewise said that they have yet to get reports of Filipinos whose work have been affected by the political situation in the country.
Agence France-Presse reported that anti-government demonstrators have announced plans to mount protests in Bangkok from Monday to block February elections called by the government.
"We cannot tell what will happen next week, beginning January 13, next week, which is a Monday. But we are not foreseeing a situation where in members of the Filipino community here will be dislocated from their work. We think they will be able to continue to work despite the political situation," he said.
According to the embassy's website, Bangkok’s international airport (Suvarnabhumi) and DonMueang Airport for domestic flights remain operational.
"All modes of public transportation (i.e., sky-train, MRT, taxis, and motorbikes) are running as normal. However, those visiting Bangkok at this time may experience increased traffic congestion and security measures," the embassy said.
It also advises Filipinos to avoid large crowds and demonstrations and from participating or showing support in any form to any parties.
"We have not receive any report of Filipinos affected or involved in any unrest in the region and were not expecting that to happen in the coming days," Badajos said.
The embassy also added that the colors red and yellow are "closely identified with some of the parties involved".
"We have a 24/7 hotline and it has been in operation for a long time already and our Filipinos can reach that anytime," he said.
The embassy may be contacted at:
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Thailand
No. 760 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 30/1 Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Hotline: (08) 992-65954
Trunkline: (02) 259-0139 up to 40, loc. 113 to 115
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]