DFA ensures continued assistance to Pinoys in Sri Lanka – Manila Bulletin

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DFA ensures continued assistance to Pinoys in Sri Lanka

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.

Anti-government protesters take part in a demonstration near the president’s office in Colombo on May 10, 2022. Fresh protests erupted in the Sri Lankan capital on May 10, defying a government curfew after five people died in the worst violence in weeks of demonstrations against a serious economic crisis. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

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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