Palace pleased with the repatriation of 766 Filipinos from Libya
Malacanang has expressed its satisfaction over the repatriation of 766 Filipinos from Libya.
“Ikinalulugod naming ibahagi ang ulat ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) hinggil sa maayos na pagbabalik ng 766 na Pilipino mula sa Libya,” said Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., in a press briefing over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday.
According to Coloma, the repatriated Filipinos where first brought to Malta via chartered ship, then flew to Manila via Philippine Airlines through the cooperation of the DFA, the Department of Labor and Employment and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.
He added that the government is committed in bringing home Filipinos from Libya as the heavy fighting between rival militias continues.
Data from DFA shows that the total of repatriated Filipinos now have reached 2,727.
The government continues to urge Filipinos in Libya as well as their relatives in the country to coordinate with authorities to bring them home safely.
“Nananawagan muli ang pamahalaan sa lahat ng mga Pilipino na nananatili sa Libya na makipag-ugnayan sa embahada sa Tripoli at magparehistro na para matulungang makabalik sa bansa sa lalong madaling panahon,” said Coloma.
Contact details of the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, Libya are as follows: (00218) 918-244-208 / (00218) 914-370-399 / (00218) 945-348-481 with email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. PND (ag)
Malacanang: Bangsamoro Basic Law a priority
Malacanang said on Sunday that President Benigno Aquino III will give due priority to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) once it reaches his office.
Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., told reporters in a press briefing over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan that Malacanang will submit the draft of Bangsamoro Basic Law to Congress the soonest possible time.
“Bibigyan ito ng Pangulo ng prayoridad na atensyon upang maihain sa Kongreso ang draft Bangsamoro Basic Law sa lalong madaling panahon, alinsunod sa timetable,” said Coloma.
The government peace panel and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) both issued a statement that they will submit the draft to Malacanang on 18 August 2014.
Based on the timetable, there is still ample time for ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law in Congress, in time for the establishment of the Bangsamoro Transitional Assembly and a plebiscite in 2016.
“Bagama’t may pagkaantala sa pagbubuo ng draft BBL, hindi natitinag ang determinasyon ni Pangulong Aquino hinggil sa pagkumpleto ng prosesong pangkapayapaan na maghahatid ng pangmatagalang estabilidad at kaunlaran sa Bangsamoro,” said Coloma.
The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro was signed on March 27. The agreement ended the decades-long conflict that claimed the lives of hundreds of people in Muslim Mindanao. PND (ag)