MANILA – The more than a hundred Filipinos based in Venezuela are urged to restrict their movements following the ongoing stand-off between protesters and government troops.
On Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised crisis alert level 2 (restriction phase) for Venezuela.
"Alert level 2 is issued when there are real threats to the life, security, and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbance or external threat. Filipinos in the area are advised to limit non-essential movements, to avoid public places, and to prepare for possible evacuation," the DFA said in a press statement.
With that in place, only overseas Filipino workers with existing contracts are allowed to return to the host country.
The Philippine Embassy in Mexico, which has jurisdiction over Venezuela, has already dispatched a consular officer to Caracas to provide on the ground assessment, to coordinate with the Philippine Honorary Consul General in Venezuela, and to assist the estimated 104 Filipino nationals in that country.
On Thursdays, a motorcyclist and a soldier were killed when a sniper shot at them while they were removing debris from a barricade set up by protesters
Demonstrators have been staging protests for weeks in an attempt to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power. About 20 more people have been killed since the protest began. -- With reports from ANC