Pinoys in Egypt told: Advise Embassy before heading to critical places

The Philippine Embassy in Cairo has advised Filipinos in Egypt to call them whenever they need to travel to critical areas in Egypt.

The Embassy also reiterated the Department of Foreign Affairs in reminding the 5,000 Filipinos in Egypt to be more cautious following reports that the street demonstrations in that Middle East country will continue.

Protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi are expected to intensify today and the anti-riot police, vans of security officials and plainclothes police spread out in Cairo, especially the iconic Tahrir Square, the site of the 2011 revolution.

Around 1,900 Egyptians were arrested since the anti-Sisi protests started last week.

“Pinapayuhan po ng Embahada ang lahat ng mga kababayan sa Ehipto na pag-ibayuhin ang pag-iingat at limitahan ang paglabas-labas sa mga lansangan kung saan may nagaganap na demonstrasyon.

“Makabubuti rin na maging mapagmatyag at sundan ang mga kaganapan sa pamamagitan ng panonood, pakikinig o pagbabasa ng mga balita,” the Embassy said in his Facebook account.

In case, Filipinos are obliged or see the need to travel where they may pass through the demonstration areas, the Embassy is advising them to call the Embassy first.

“Mabuti rin na tumawag sa Embahada upang magpalista at ibigay ang inyong pangalan, lokasyon at numero ng telepono bago tumungo sa mga delikadong lugar,” it added.

For Filipinos who are affected by the demonstration, they can call the Embassy Assistance to Nationals hotline number +20 122 743 6472, mag message sa aming Facebook page (Philippine Embassy in Egypt) via private message o mag email sa [email protected]

However, since the signal of social media and communication sites like Facebook, Twitter and Skype are intermittent during last week’s protests, it is better to keep handy the phone number instead.

Staff Report

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