Senators deplore escalating violence in Israel; urge DMW, DFA to secure Filipino migrants safety

Philippine Tribune
Philippine Tribune

Senators on Sunday, October 8 urged the government to exhaust all means to secure the welfare and safety of all Filipinos in Israel.

Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri and Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva issued the call as they condemned the attacks of Hamas on Israel.

“We strongly condemn the violence committed by terrorists against innocent civilians in the ongoing conflict in Israel. We deplore the taking of hostages and seek their immediate release,” Zubiri said in a statement.

“Neither freedom nor justice can truly be won through this kind of violence,” the Senate leader added.

“We call upon the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and other Philippine government agencies to secure our overseas Filipinos and ensure safe passage if necessary,” he further said.

Zubiri also called on authorities to fully utilize the Assistance to Nationals Fund for this purpose.

“I pray for all who are affected by this conflict- particularly the thousands of our Filipino brothers and sisters. May the LORD cover you all,” he said.

Villanueva said he stands in solidarity with the people of Israel and also prayed for peace.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the senseless attacks of Hamas on Israel. Violence has no place in this world and there is certainly no excuse that can justify these inhumane attacks. This kind of violence must end,” Villanueva said.

“We stand in solidarity and offer our prayers to the people of Israel during this challenging time,” he added.

“We also call on the DFA and the DMW, and the Philippine Embassy in Israel to provide any assistance possible, most especially to the Filipinos residing in the country,” Villanueva also said.

According to the Philippine Embassy in Israel, the attacks, which started on Saturday, were carried out by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

Israel’s Home Front Command subsequently issued a “State of War” alert.

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