MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advised Filipinos "not to travel to Sudan" due to ongoing civil unrest in its capital Khartoum and nearby areas.
The DFA raised alert level 2 or "Restriction Phase" in the North African country as the death toll due to civil unrest rose to 118, based on the estimates of opposition-linked medics. The military council has put the toll at 61.
The second alert level is "issued if there are real threats to the lives, security, and properties of Filipinos due to instability in a particular country," the DFA said in a statement.
"Filipinos who remain in the country where Alert Level 2 is in effect are advised to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, and prepare for evacuation," it said.
"Filipinos in Sudan in need of assistance may contact the Philippine Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, through telephone numbers," the statement read.
Overseas Filipino workers would only be allowed to return to the conflict-torn country "if they have existing employment contracts and in consideration of other special circumstances," the DFA said.