Duty first: OFW protection in Libya forces Elmer Cato to miss son’s college graduation
Elmer Cato, the country’s chargè d’affaires at the Philippine embassy in Libya, will not be able to attend his son’s college graduation due to his work.
Cato is currently leading efforts in ensuring the safety of Filipino workers, including their relocation to safer places, amid the tense security situation in Libya.
“A few days ago, I told my son I would not be able to attend his college graduation in New York because I have to be here in Tripoli to look after our people. He understands. Duty to country comes first,” he tweeted.
A few days ago, I told my son I would not be able to attend his college graduation in New York because I have to be here in Tripoli to look after our people. He understands. Duty to country comes first. @teddyboylocsin pic.twitter.com/vDNoBQprW7— Elmer G Cato (@elmer_cato) May 25, 2019
Congratulations. In the flat commonplace words of Nelson at the start of the Battle of Trafalgar, “Let every man do his duty.”— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) May 25, 2019
After iftar at the Al Razi Hospital this evening, a pharmaceutical executive came to me and said thank you. I asked why. He said it’s because @PhinLibya is one of the few embassies that remain open in Tripoli and that Libyans deeply appreciate that. @teddyboylocsin @DFAPHL pic.twitter.com/zEUnWNO1cY— Elmer G Cato (@elmer_cato) May 25, 2019
We had the chance to brief Marianne Gasser, the new @icrc head of delegation in Libya, about efforts to lead Filipinos in Tripoli out of harm’s way when she came to visit @PhinLibya this morning. @teddyboylocsin @PYoussefICRC @PPorchetICRC @gwen_pang @DFAPHL pic.twitter.com/2oIsNAkpRg— Elmer G Cato (@elmer_cato) May 22, 2019
Today, @PhinLibya visited the Al Razi Psychiatric Hospital in Gargaresh District and met with our kababayan there. Our nurses stayed behind to attend to patients during the fighting in Tripoli in 2011 and 2014. They said they will stay again in 2019. @teddyboylocsin @DFAPHL pic.twitter.com/cnOiOFKRhX— Elmer G Cato (@elmer_cato) May 12, 2019