PH embassy issues advisory to OFWs in Kuwait

By Maxxy Santiago, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau

Posted at Sep 18 2012 05:41 PM | Updated as of Sep 20 2012 06:35 AM

KUWAIT CITY - The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait issued an advisory on its website urging all Filipinos there Kuwait to be vigilant amid the current tensions in neighboring countries brought about by the anti-American violence provoked by a video mocking the Prophet Mohammad.
The advisory states that “in light of the recent attack at the Consulate of the United States (US) in Libya, and the anti-US protests spreading to Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Indonesia, Bangladesh and recently Kuwait, Filipino nationals are advised to avoid unnecessary visits to areas and establishments which may be possible targets of anti-US demonstrations in Kuwait.”

The advisory further advised Filipinos working in or residing near possible target areas of demonstrations to exercise a high degree of vigilance.

The advisory that was posted on September 14, requests Filipino nationals to report any Filipino casualty arising from said demonstrations on the Philippine Embassy hotline 65184433.

The ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau tried to reach the embassy for comment, but officials declined to give further comment on the advisory.

However, one of the embassy staff who requested anonymity told ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau the advisory was posted on the embassy website not to create panic or fear among its constituents, but to remind all Filipinos to be vigilant and be out of harm’s way.

The embassy advisory has gone viral on Facebook and other social media sites. It has been a trending topic among netizens in Kuwait since Sunday especially that a big number of Filipinos are working in various US camps in Kuwait.

On the other hand, some of the Filipinos who are working in US camps said there is no cause for panic as situation in their workplace appears to be relatively normal.

"May isinasagawang mga drills pero regular naman iyon. Wala naman kaming nakikitang malakihang movement ng mga tropa ng sundalo. Wala namang kakaiba sa ngayon. Mukhang normal naman sa loob ng base," said a Filipino working in one of the US camps here.