On the Recent Developments in Iraq

08 January 2020 - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) expresses deep concern over the events in Iraq and its implications on peace and security in the region.

In view of the escalating events in Iraq, the DFA has raised the alert level in the whole of Iraq to level 4. The Philippine Embassy in Baghdad has been tasked to effect the mandatory evacuation of Filipinos estimated to be around 1,640 in that country. In accordance with the instructions of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu is set to go to the Middle East to oversee the repatriation.

The DFA, in coordination with other agencies, will deploy rapid response teams (RRTs) to the region. END