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Wag matigas ulo! Revilla urges Filipinos in Iraq to ‘obey’ repatriation plan

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Senator Bong Revilla has urged Filipinos in Iraq to follow the evacuation plan of the government amid the escalating tension between the United States and Iran.

He said the repatration of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) was intended to ensure their safety as they might get trapped from the conflict between the US and Iran after the US killed top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani.

Iran vowed to avenge the death of Soleimani in a US airstrike near Baghdad international airport on January 3.

“Nananawagan tayo sa ating mga kababayan sa mga apektadong lugar na maging alerto at aware sa mga ipatutupad ng ating pamahalaan para sa kanilang kaligtasan,” Revilla said on Wednesday.

“[When] Push comes to shove, I ask our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and Overseas Filipinos (OFs) to cooperate with authorities for their safety,” he said.

Revilla added, “Pangunahing konsiderasyon ang kaligtasan ng bawat isa. Wala nang mas importante pa diyan. Let us all first and foremost pray for the safety of our kababayans in Iran, Iraq and the Middle East. ”
“As we move forward, I remind everyone that now is a time for unity. Let us all work together to ensure the well-being of our kababayans,” he said.

“While we are praying that tensions will no longer escalate, it is best to be prepared for the worst. May binuo nang crisis committee, and contingencies are in place,” he said.

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