Pinoys ordered to leave Iraq

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2014 08:57 PM | Updated as of Jun 21 2014 04:57 AM

MANILA - Malacanang on Friday ordered the mandatory repatriation of all Filipinos in Iraq.

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised to Level 4 the crisis alert for all areas in Iraq, except the Iraqi Kurdistan region, due to the deteriorating security situation in that country.

"All Filipinos living/working in Iraq will be assisted by the Philippine Embassy stationed in Baghdad and are advised to be ready for mandatory repatriation," he said.

Coloma added that the government will undertake mandatory evacuation procedures, and the DFA's Rapid Response Team is currently carrying out registration of Filipinos in Iraq for repatriation.

"We urge all Filipinos in the danger zones to heed the call for mandatory evacuation for their own welfare and safety," he said.