Friday, January 8, 2016

AFP ready to evacuate OFWs in Middle East

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 8): AFP ready to evacuate OFWs in Middle East

With Saudi and Iranian relations at an all-time low with the execution of top Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr last Jan. 2, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Hernando DCA Iriberri said the military is more than ready to evacuate overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) if directed by government.

"We are just waiting on what directive the government will give us," he added.

There are over one million OFWs in the Middle East.

Iriberri said the AFP has the capability to evacuate Filipino workers in the Middle East thanks to its Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" cargo planes and brand-new Airbus Military C-295 medium transport aircraft.

"If there is a need to use that to transport our OFWs then we will be more than glad to provide mobility assets if directed," he added.

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