By Roy Mabasa
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said it is ready to assist any member of the Filipino community who wants to depart Syria and return to the Philippines.
In a statement, the DFA said it continues to monitor the situation in Syria in the aftermath of the missile strikes launched by the US, the United Kingdom, and France.
As of this time, the Philippine Embassy in Damascus has not received any reports of casualties among the 1,000 Filipinos in the capital and other locations in Syria.
The statement was issued after the US and its allies launched military strikes in the Syrian capital last Saturday to stop suspected use of chemical weapons.
The airstrikes were directed to condemn the further deadly attacks by the Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad against its own people.
In an earlier statement, the DFA said the Philippine Embassy had issued advisories to Filipino expats as early as April 8 in anticipation of possible military action against Syria.