18 Filipinos from Afghanistan now in UK, await flight home to Manila

Published August 20, 2021, 5:40 PM

by Roy Mabasa

Thirteen more Filipinos were able to leave Afghanistan through the United Kingdom, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday.

There are now a total of 18 Filipinos in the UK who have safely exited Kabul with the help of a third country.

“The Philippine Embassy in London is facilitating their return to the Philippines at the soonest possible time,” the DFA said.

Possibly included among the 18 were the five Filipinos who were earlier reported to have sought refuge at the Indonesian Embassy in Kabul. They were later accommodated to board an Indonesian military flight out of the Afghan capital.

The DFA said it continues to exert all efforts to be able to repatriate the remaining Filipinos in Afghanistan as the situation has become fluid since the Taliban’s swift take over of the government last Sunday.

As of today, the DFA puts the number of remaining Filipinos in Afghanistan to 81.

Those remaining are again advised by the foreign affairs office to be prepared to depart with a moment’s notice.