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By Prince Golez

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has directed Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to lead the committee created by President Rodrigo Duterte to oversee the repatriation of Filipinos from the Middle East.

Tensions between the United States and Iran have increased following President Donald Trump’s decision to kill top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani.

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. has been designated as the Vice-Chairperson.

The Secretaries of Foreign Affairs, Labor and Employment, Environment and Natural Resources, Interior and Local Government, and Transportation will serve as the other members of the committee.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo emphasized the safety and welfare of the Filipino people remain President Rodrigo Duterte’s “primordial concern.”

Panelo also assured that the government “is doing its best to have our fellow citizens in the Middle East safely ensconced and further spared from the tension and apprehension arising from the present conflict in the Middle East.”

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