Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 24) — The Department of Foreign Affairs has raised the alert status for Filipinos in Myanmar to the second level amid the political crisis in that country.
In a public advisory on Wednesday, the DFA said this is to ensure the safety of the remaining 1,273 Filipinos there.
Alert Level 2 means restricting non-essential movements, avoiding places of protest, and preparing for possible evacuation. Only returning overseas Filipino workers with existing contracts shall also be allowed to travel to Myanmar.
“The Department reiterates its advice to Filipinos in Myanmar to exercise due caution, monitor developments through reputable sources, avoid places of protests, and observe the guidance of the Philippine Embassy in Yangon,” the DFA said.
According to a CNN report, activists in Myanmar have called for a historic strike after police opened fire on those protesting the February 1 military coup, leaving at least two dead. The military warned it could use lethal force against protesters.
The protests and civil disobedience movements against the coup have been the largest in Myanmar in decades, with thousands calling for State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s release from detention, and for power to be handed back to civilian control.