2 more Pinoys willing to leave Kabul, 18 others opt to stay

2 more Pinoys willing to leave Kabul, 18 others opt to stay

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said only two Filipinos are waiting for repatriation in Afghanistan while 18 others choose to stay.

In a bulletin, the agency said three others were also repatriated last weekend, raising the number of Filipinos who were able to leave the south-central Asian nation to 191.

“At the moment, there are 18 Filipinos who have expressed their intention to stay in the country for work reasons, while two are open to repatriation,” it said.

It assured that the Philippine Embassy in Islamabad continues to closely monitor the status of Filipinos in the country and stands ready to assist them at any time.

On asylum seekers and refugees, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the Philippines would also continue extending assistance “in line with its long tradition of timely and responsive humanitarian action.”

“The situation is fluid, to put it mildly. We will not engage in any asylum unless it is on a government-to-government basis,” he said in his statement at a Senate hearing.

The country welcomed the first batch of Afghan refugees, including women and children, last Sept. 8 three weeks after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. (PNA)

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