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DUTERTE to welcome refugees fleeing conflict-affected areas

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (Sept. 22) said the country welcomes Afghan and Rohingya refugees fleeing conflict-affected areas.

“The Philippines, in line with its longstanding humanitarian tradition, has opened its doors to Afghan nationals, especially women and children, fleeing from conflict,” he said in his speech during the United Nations General Assembly.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, delivers his speech during the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level General Debate on Sept. 22, 2021. In line with the longstanding humanitarian tradition, the President announced that the Philippines has opened its door to Afghan nationals, especially women and children, fleeing from conflict. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

“As one global community, we must do our utmost to help the Afghan people and all those who continue to suffer,” he added.

Many Afghan nationals are fleeing Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country following the pullout of the U.S. military presence there after 20 years.

The President also welcomed Rohingya refugees.

“For the Rohingyas, I have instructed our Department of Justice (DOJ) to work closely with the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees to prepare a cooperation program for a specific number of Rohingyas, consistent with our capacities,” he said.

“The Philippines has limited resources during these extraordinary times. But what we can do for humanity and to uplift human dignity, we will,” he added.

The Rohingya, who number about one million, are a stateless Muslim minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The country does not recognize them as citizens nor consider them among the country’s 135 ethnic groups. The group has suffered many displacement crises over the decades, the most recent in 2017. 


AFP: No report of terror threats amid Japan’s warning

 September 14, 2021, 3:36 pm

MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday said it is taking seriously all received or disseminated reports of possible terrorism-related activities.This came after Japan’s Foreign Ministry on Monday issued an alert cautioning its citizens in Southeast Asia, particularly in… Read More

Embassy confirms receipt of terror attack warning

 September 14, 2021, 6:26 pm

MANILA – The Japanese Embassy in Manila on Tuesday confirmed that Tokyo has received an intelligence report about a possible terror attack in six countries, including the Philippines.In a statement sent via email, the Embassy said it cannot disclose details, but the advisory is addressed to… Read More

ISIS claims Kabul twin bombings

Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) claimed responsibility for the attack, which was carried out as the United States and western nations are scrambling to ferry out its citizens and other nationals out of Kabul before the August 31 deadline set by the Taliban

Bomb attacks outside Kabul airport claim dozens

 August 27, 2021

KABUL, Afghanistan/Washington – Multiple explosions shook Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Thursday, including two outside the airport serving the city, killing dozens and injuring over 100, according to media reports and Anadolu Agency’s correspondent on the ground on Thursday.A BBC report citing a… Read More

No Filipino in Afghanistan hurt in Kabul attack: DFA

 August 27, 2021

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said no Filipino has been wounded in the suicide bomb attack at Kabul airport that killed scores of civilians and 13 American troops.”Preliminary information from Philippine Ambassador Daniel Espiritu, who is based in Islamabad,… Read More

DFA: Attempts to evacuate Pinoys in Afghanistan ‘unsuccessful’

 August 19, 2021

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday reminded remaining Filipinos in Afghanistan to prepare to leave at moment’s notice after two attempts to land a repatriation flight failed on Wednesday night.Out of the 90 Filipinos who remain in the south-central Asian nation, at… Read More

Taliban allows OFW to fetch fellow Filipinos for evacuation

 August 19, 2021

MANILA – Overseas Filipino worker Elmer Presa was able to exit the crisis-hit Afghanistan together with his fellow nationals after getting permission from the Taliban.In a Facebook status on Thursday, Presa posted a photo of him and some gun-wielding men, apparently Taliban fighters for… Read More

PHILIPPINES to welcome Afghan refugees

The Philippines’ doors are open to Afghan refugees following the fall of Kabul, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this assurance as thousands of Afghans fled Afghanistan after the Taliban fighters took control of the capital.

Afghan Taliban fighters stand on a military vehicle in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, Aug. 16, 2021. (Str/Xinhua)

“Since time immemorial po, the Philippines has had jurisprudence even before the Convention on Refugees Welcoming Asylum Seekers,” he said in a Palace press briefing.

Citing the Supreme Court decision in the case of Kookooritchkin vs. Commissioner of Immigration and Deportation, Roque said the Philippines will not hesitate to admit individuals fleeing their homelands because of fear of persecution. READ MORE

Filipinos in Afghanistan urged to prepare for evacuation

Afghanistan is edging towards a new civil war

REPATRIATION. US troops arrive in Kabul, Afghanistan to evacuate embassy staff on Aug. 15, 2021. Malacañang on Monday urged Filipinos in Afghanistan to prepare for repatriation after Alert Level 4 was raised in the wake of the Taliban’s stunning takeover. (Sayed Khodaiberdi Sadat-Anadolu Agency)

 August 16, 2021

MANILA – Malacañang on Monday urged Filipinos in Afghanistan to prepare for repatriation after Alert Level 4 was raised in the wake of the Taliban’s stunning takeover.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque urged Filipinos to coordinate with the Philippine embassy in Pakistan, which… Read More