29 Jan '11, 8am

DTN Singapore: Philippines diplomats prepare to leave Egypt: Philippine diplomats in Egypt are setting up evacua...

MANILA (AFP) - – Philippine diplomats in Egypt are setting up evacuation centres for their nationals in case political violence escalates in the country, a spokeswoman of President Benigno Aquino said. In the meantime, the government is calling on the estimated 6,500 Filipinos in the to stay away from public places and away from areas where anti-government protests are going on, spokeswoman Abigail Valte said on Saturday. "We are monitoring the situation and our embassy in Cairo has contingencies in place and is prepared to relocate our citizens to safer areas if it becomes necessary to do so," Valte told reporters. "We are setting up evacuation centres, three in Cairo and one in Alexandria that are ready for the relocation (of Filipinos) if needed." So far no one has been evacuated but the embassy is preparing for all contingencies, Valte added. The foreign department has...

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