Friday, August 21, 2015

Thai envoy says PHL travel advice ‘understandable’

Thailand’s envoy to the Philippines said Manila’s travel advisory to his country is “understandable” following the bomb attack that killed 20 people and injured more than 100, including a Filipino.
 
Speaking to journalists at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations foundation day reception at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Wednesday evening, Thai Ambassador Thanatip Upatising said he was informed by the Department of Foreign Affairs of its policy before it issued a public security alert for Thailand following the attack in Bangkok.
 
“That is understandable to me,” he said as he assured the Philippines that Thailand is “doing its best to bring the culprit to justice.”
 
Thanatip also said the Thai government is working closely among responsible agencies within the ASEAN, including the Philippines, on security cooperation. ASEAN includes Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.
 
“I believe that will be done through our agency in Bangkok with the Philippine embassy,” he said.
 
The Philippines on Wednesday placed Thailand under Alert Level 1 in view of Monday night’s explosion near the Erawan Shrine, a popular tourist destination, especially among the Chinese.
 
Filipinos, under this security alert, are advised to avoid areas, such as:
  • Rajaprasong intersection
  • Patumwan intersection
  • Silom Road
  • Khao San Road
  • Narathiwat intersection
  • Victory monument
  • Tuk Chai intersection
  • Benjasiri Park
  • Soi Thong Lor
  • Sukhumvit Road.
 
Alert Level 1 is issued when there are valid signs of internal disturbance, instability, and external threat to the host country, the DFA explained.
 
"Filipinos are alerted to take necessary precautions," it said.
 
The Philippine embassy, it added, is ready to extend assistance, if necessary, to the estimated 15,000 Filipinos in Thailand. —KG, GMA News

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