MANILA – Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday reiterated his appeal to the Filipinos working in Libya to avail of the government’s repatriation program following the abduction of three OFWs in the war-torn country.
”I reiterate my appeal to our kababayans (countrymen) working there to please go back to our country,” Binay, presidential advisory on OFWs concerns, said in a press statement.
Binay said he had received confirmed reports that the three OFWs were among the seven foreign nationals abducted by the unidentified armed men at the Mabruk Oil Field in Central Libya on Tuesday.
”The entire country of Libya remains at a state of unrest and the alert status in the country is still at level 4. Your safety and well-being is the foremost of our concerns and no amount of money will ever compensate for your lives,” Binay said.
The Vice President said his office is closely monitoring the situation in coordination with the Philippine embassy in Tripoli and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
”We are still working to confirm if there are any Filipino casualties in the attack,” Binay said.
He said he is ready to assist those of you who are voluntarily requesting to be repatriated.
Last January, ten people were killed while one Filipino was hurt when gunmen attacked a luxury hotel in Libya.