MANILA – The Philippines is still hoping for a diplomatic solution to the ongoing tensions in Ukraine where almost 200 Filipinos are based.
In a statement read by Assistant Secretary Charles Jose, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the Philippines takes note of UNGA Resolution 3314 and calls for maximum restraint to be shown by all parties.
"We support actions toward de-escalating tensions in the region and for comprehensive, inclusive and peaceful dialogue and reconciliation, with full respect for the rule of law, to be pursued by all parties," the DFA said.
Jose said a composite team from the DFA and the Department of Labor and Employment met with about 40 members of the Filipino community in Kiev last March 16.
"During that meeting, it was emphasized the importance of having a line of communication between the embassy and the Filipinos there and also the importance of being prepared," said Jose.
The composite team, headed by Philippine Ambassador to Russia Alejandro Mosquera, was able to gather the contact details of Filipinos in Ukraine.
"There are 198 Filipinos in Ukraine but as far as we know, no one is in Crimea," he said.
He added that the Filipinos also agreed to disseminate the information passed on to them by the composite team.
"In case there's a need for mobilization, it would be easier for the embassy to get in touch with the Filipinos in Ukraine," Jose said.
Earlier this month, the DFA raised alert level 2 for Ukraine following the ongoing political unrest in the country.
Alert level 2 or restriction phase strongly urges Filipinos in Ukraine to restrict non-essential movements and avoid public places. The DFA likewise advises Filipinos to "closely monitor developments, and prepare for possible evacuation."