PHL gov’t won’t ban travel to Paris despite attacks

MANILA, Nov. 16 (PNA) — The Philippine government on Monday said it will not issue a travel ban to Paris despite deadly attacks that killed nearly 130 people over the weekend, but urged Filipinos planning to go to the French capital to exercise vigilance.

“Following the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, the Philippine Embassy urges all Filipino citizens who are currently in Paris or who are planning to travel to France in the very near future, to monitor media and official French government advisories for the latest developments,” a Department of Foreign Affairs statement said.

The coordinated attacks on a concert hall, restaurants, bars and a sports stadium that killed at least 129 people and injured dozens others late Friday was condemned by world leaders, including Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III.

There are between 10,000 to 12,000 Filipinos living and working in Paris. No Filipino casualty has been reported.

“Everyone is requested to exercise vigilance and caution and to be aware of their surroundings, with the view to ensuring their personal security,” the DFA said.

The Philippine embassy, it added, may also be contacted through its emergency number at: 06 20 59 25 15. (PNA)