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Government to repatriate OFWs in war-torn Lebanon – Palace

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By Prince Golez

The government will intensify efforts in the repatriation of Filipinos in Lebanon, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that two Filipinos were among those killed following twin explosions in Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut yesterday.

Six others were reportedly injured.

“I think the government will continue with its repatriation of nationals who wish to be evacuated from the area,” Roque said in an interview over CNN Philippines’ The Source.

“Lebanon, as we know, is war-torn. We’ve issued series of advisories against working in Lebanon. I believe the DFA will intensify our efforts to bring home our kababayan in that war-torn area,” he added.

Meanwhile, Roque said the Duterte administration expressed its solidarity with the Lebanese people over the explosions that killed at least 70 individuals.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lebanese people,” he said.

The spokesperson also sympathized with the families and friends of Filipinos who passed or were injured during the event.

“The Deparment of Foreign Affairs has been instructed to assist all Filipinos affected by the explosions through the Philippine Embassy in Beirut,” according to him.

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