MAY 1, 2019 — The Department of Foreign Affairs has raised Alert Level 4 in Libya and areas within 100 kilometers from its capital Tripoli.
Despite the mandatory evacuation, however, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. says the government “cannot compel – and rightly so.”
Yesterday informed President that I raised the Alert Level to 4 in Tripoli + 100 kms around. More mortar fire, more Filipinos hurt. AL 4 is mandatory evacuation but we cannot compel—and rightly so. What is mandatory is that DFA stays in Tripoli until last OFW goes—& then it stays
— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) May 1, 2019
“What is mandatory is that DFA stays in Tripoli until last OFW goes — and then it stays,” said Locsin in a tweet.
Locsin said he has informed President Rodrigo Duterte of the Tripoli situation.
According to Chargé d’Affaires Elmer Cato, six more Filipinos in Tripoli have been evacuated on Wednesday.
@PhinLibya evacuated six more Filipinos from Tripoli this morning. They are now on their way to Tunis where they will board their flight for Manila. Since conflict in Tripoli started @DFAPHL and @doleph have assisted a total of 40 Filipinos in returning home. @teddyboylocsin pic.twitter.com/DS3JfZNOQg
— Elmer G Cato (@elmer_cato) April 30, 2019
Since the conflict began in Tripoli, a total of 40 OFWs have been assisted by the government in returning home.
Cato also urged Filipinos in Libya to allow the Philippine government to lead them out of harm’s way as the fighting moves closer to the capital.