Alert Level 2 up in Thailand

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

(UPDATED) With the state of emergency now raised by the government of Thailand, the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), on Thursday upped the Crisis Alert Level to 2 in Bangkok and other surrounding areas.

In a statement, the DFA said they have already decided to elevate the Alert Level from 1 (Precautionary Phase) to 2 (Restriction Phase) after Bangkok and surrounding areas were placed under a 60-day state of emergency.

"While there has been an effort to maintain a state of normalcy in the Thai capital, the situation remains fluid and volatile particularly in anti-government protest areas," said the DFA.

The agency explained that Alert Level 2 is being issued when there are real threats to the life, security, and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbance or external threat.

Under Alert Level 2, Filipinos in Bangkok and the surrounding areas are instructed to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, and prepare for evacuation.

Also, the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok continues to advise Filipinos with essential travel plans to Bangkok and other parts of Thailand to similarly avoid the rally sites and large gatherings and to refrain from taking part in the protest or other political activities.

"Everyone is advised to continue exercising extreme caution and vigilance and to closely monitor developments," said the DFA.

Finally, the Philippine Embassy expressed readiness to extend necessary assistance to all Filipino nationals in Thailand.

On Tuesday, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra declared the imposition of emergency rule in Bangkok and surrounding areas.

The decision comes after protesters blocked government offices and banks in recent days and are now allegedly threatening and harassing government officials.

During the past two months, there have been persistent efforts by protesters to overthrow the Thai government.

Records show that there are some 5,000 Filipino nationals in Thailand. (HDT/Sunnex)

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