Philippines sets evacuations from Libya

February 26, 2011 11:19


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MANILA, Philippines  — The Philippine vice president and foreign affairs officials headed to the Middle East and North Africa to help evacuate thousands of Filipino workers trapped by violence in Libya.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said Saturday that Acting Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario left Manila for Tunisia to oversee the evacuation of Filipinos from Libya.

Vice President Jejomar Binay meanwhile traveled to Kuwait to help arrange safe passage for fleeing Filipino workers through other countries in the region.

There are about 26,000 Filipinos working in Libya, and several groups have returned to Manila on evacuation flights arranged by their employers.

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