By Roy Mabasa
The Philippine government on Friday urged all concerned parties in the Gulf to “exercise restraint” in the aftermath of the recent multiple drone attacks on Saudi Arabia oil facilities.
“The Philippine government calls on all parties to exercise restraint to any activity that may escalate, threaten and jeopardize the political situation in the region,” the government said in a statement issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
As millions of Muslims around the world celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Philippines likewise expressed hope that the “spirit of peace and understanding would prevail.”
This developed as Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz called on the international community to make a firm stance to stop the alleged Iranian escalation in the region.
Earlier reports claimed that four oil tankers – two of them belonging to Saudi Arabia – were “sabotaged” within the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates near the Strait of Hormuz on May 12.
The UAE authorities said four ships were targeted in a “sabotage attack”.
On May 14, Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked oil pumping stations more than 200 kilometers west of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia using armed drones.
A spokesman for the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the drone strikes in alleged response to Saudi “aggression” in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia is home to more than one million overseas Filipino workers.