MANILA, Philippines ? The Philippine government is calling for a peaceful resolution of the civil unrest now taking place in Egypt, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on Saturday.
In a statement read on radio, Valte said the Philippine government was particularly concerned about the safety of the more than 6,500 Filipinos in Egypt.
?We hope for a peaceful and just resolution to the political unrest currently taking place and the swift return to stability. Here in Manila, we are monitoring the situation and our embassy in Cairo has contingencies in place and is prepared to relocate our citizens to safer areas if it becomes necessary to do so,? Valte said.
?As always, the safety of our citizens is the paramount concern and we are doing what we can to anticipate and address their needs,? she added.
Valte said President Benigno Aquino III has ordered the Presidential Management Staff, the Department of National Defense, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Labor and Employment to meet on Saturday to discuss what measures should be taken to deal with the situation in Egypt.
She said there were three evacuation centers set up for Filipinos in Cairo and one in Alexandria.
Valte said that if evacuation becomes necessary, all Filipinos in Egypt, even those undocumented, would be included.
?No one will be left behind,? Valte said.