What war? Filipino worker in Lebanon rejects evacuation calls


Posted at Jan 10 2020 11:18 AM | Updated as of Jan 10 2020 11:40 AM

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MANILA- For a Filipino worker in Lebanon, calls for them to evacuate are unnecessary at this time since the situation in Beirut remains stable.

Lugaya Harid, a Filipino beautician in Beirut for over a decade already, said they only heard of the tensions between Iran and United States over the news.

"As of now OK naman po ang kalagayan namin dito. Wala naman po kaming nakikita na sinasabi nilang giyera," she told radio DZMM.

(We're fine here, we don't see any war.)

"Wala naman pong problema (There's no problem)," she added.

Harid said she would only evacuate should the Philippine Embassy in Lebanon require Filipino workers there to do so.

The Department of Foreign Affairs earlier raised alert level 4 which calls for the mandatory repatriation of Filipinos in Iran and Lebanon after Tehran fired missiles on 2 Iraqi bases housing American military forces.

On Thursday, the DFA downgraded the alert in the 2 countries to level 2 which means that there are "real threats to the life, security, and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbance, instability, or external threat."

There are 33,234 Filipinos in Lebanon, data from the Department of Labor and Employment showed.