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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday led the send-off of two Navy ships bounds for the Middle East.

In a ceremony held at the Port Area in Manila, Duterte promised the government will ensure the security of Filipino living or working in areas affected by the United States-Iran conflict.

“I trust that we’ll exert all efforts and work hand-in-hand with the Secretary of Department of National Defense to encourage Filipinos in the Middle East to return to the Philippines to be evacuated to safer grounds,” the President said.

The BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16) and BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) have been designated to spearhead the government’s efforts in repatriating distressed overseas Filipino workers.

Around 1,000 troops from the Armed Forces of the Philippines will be deployed to assist in the repatriation.

“May your selflessness and dedication to duty inspire patriotism and integrity among our citizens so they may do the same,” Duterte told the troops.

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