The Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) said Saturday (June 4) that it will continue to provide assistance to Filipinos in Sri Lanka amid the current economic crisis in the country.
Although assistance is ongoing, the DFA clarified that there was no urgent need to have a rapid response team on site.
It came after DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. ordered a rapid response team to be deployed to the country without the need.
Locsin apologized to Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Shobini Gunasekera, for the DFA’s response to the question, saying the agency was simply “too primed”.
“Assistance is being coordinated by the Honorary Consul in Colombo and the Philippine Embassy in Dhaka,” DFA said in a statement.
Sri Lanka is currently going through an economic crisis which has sparked protests from its citizens.
Locsin said in a recent Twitter post that the government is ready to airlift Filipinos who want to be repatriated.
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