Saving Pinoys

February 1, 2023 Cristina Lee-Pisco 417 views

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said coordination and representations are continuing for eight Filipinos confirmed in the custody of the Myanmar police in Myawaddy.

Foreign Affairs spokesperson Assistant Secretary Teresita Daza said the Filipinos, including tourist Kiela Samson who was arrested at the border of Thailand and Myanmar last month, were being held by the Myanmar authorities for Immigration violations.

“The Philippine Embassy in Yangon maintains active and regular contact with Myanmar’s law enforcement authorities in Nay Pyi Taw and Myawaddy to secure the safety and well- being of the said Filipinos,” Daza said.

Myanmar authorities, she said, has vowed to cooperate with Manila in this regard.

Among the eight are alleged human trafficking victims who were rescued by Myanmar authorities from their worksites in Myawaddy.

She added the Embassy in Yangon is assisting them to be able to return home the soonest time possible.

The Filipinos are expected to be able to exit Myanmar for the Philippines after completing the processes of law enforcement agencies, primarily immigration.