By Roy Mabasa
The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Thursday advised the Filipino community in Haiti to stay indoors and prepare their personal security plans following the series of violent protests hitting that Caribbean country since February 8.
In a report, Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said he urged the Filipinos in Haiti – numbering to about 500 – to register online with the Philippine Embassy in the US capital in order to facilitate communications and assessment of appropriate assistance.
Honorary Consul General Fitzgerald Brandt informed the Embassy that Filipinos are safe and have so far stayed away from the affected areas.
Earlier, student protestors and their supporters are demanding justice for the death of a 20-year-old student who was fatally shot by law enforcement officials.
The series of protests have forced the closure of schools, shops, public transportation, and government offices in the capital Port-au-Prince, while roads have remained impassable due to barricades.
Filipinos who may require the Embassy’s assistance are urged to call +1-202-769-8049 or email[email protected].