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Locsin: March 27 last day to take foreign tourists to airports for outbound 'sweeper flights'

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News Posted at Mar 27 2020 03:41 AM MANILA -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said March 27, Friday, will be the last day of the humanitarian missions to take foreign tourists to Philippine international airports “where they can take sweeper flights organized and paid for by their governments” amid the global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

In tweets, Locsin said foreigners “can still leave the country anytime they please” and that there will be no penalties for exceeding their visas but “their governments will have to bear the costs and assume the main burden of collecting them for sweeper flights out.”

“I will announce to the foreign embassies that tomorrow is the last day we do humanitarian missions to take foreign tourists to our international airports where they can take sweeper flights organised and paid for by their governments,” he said.

 

“They can still leave the country anytime they please; no penalties for exceeding their visas. But their governments will have to bear the costs and assume the main burden of collecting them for sweeper flights out. We are exhausted and have done more than expected.”

Locsin commended Germany, France, Denmark Russia, as well the Philippine military “for picking up stragglers to fill up the flights.”

He assured that the Philippines “will stay steadfast in our shared aim to get those out who want to go but the main burden will have to be born by their embassies and home governments.”

“But I and DFA will always be available to help gather the stragglers, talk restrictive local governments to let them go through quarantines, give whatever help we can extend; but we're stretched so thin… I hope you understand. I will be at DFA tomorrow morning to give a bulletin,” he added.

SOURCE: https://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/03/27/20/locsin-march-27-last-day-to-take-foreign-tourists-to-airports-for-outbound-sweeper-flights

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