18 Filipinos to stay in war-torn Afghanistan for work — DFA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) — Around 20 Filipinos are still in Afghanistan, and 18 of them will stay in the war-torn country for work, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

During a Senate budget hearing on Thursday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. said the 18 Filipinos who will stay in Afghanistan are members of the international organization Doctors without Borders. The two others signified intent to return to the Philippines.

Three more Filipinos were evacuated from Afghanistan over the weekend, bringing the total repatriation count to 191 since the Taliban took over the country, according to DFA’s latest bulletin.

On asylum seekers and refugees, Locsin said the Philippines “will continue to extend assistance in line with its long tradition of timely and responsive humanitarian action.”

Last Sept. 8, the DFA chief said the Philippines welcomed several Afghan refugees, including women and children. No details were given for their security.

CNN Philippines correspondent Eimor Santos contributed to this report.