Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Despite terror attack, OFWs have no plans of leaving Paris

Despite Friday's terror attacks that killed at least 130 victims in Paris, overseas Filipino workers in France have no plans of coming home.
"Wala po akong balak umuwi,” said Filipina professional make-up artist Kyrah Abad said in Monday night report on GMA News TV's “State of the Nation with Jessica Soho”. “Ganoon din po ang iba kong kilala, wala pa silang nababanggit... Wala naman po kaming planong umuwi."
Abad was confident that French authorities were doing everything to secure the city and its residents., "Iyong grocery stores, meron na po silang security na nag-iinspect ng mga bag. Marami rin pong rumuronda. So kahit papaano po nararamdaman po namin na meron pong seguridad," she explained.,
"Sa palagay ko po, ginagawan naman po ng paraan ng French government na mabigyan ng proteksyon at seguridad ang bawat isa, bawat tao na nagsti-stay dito."
Abad was at a photo shoot near the area where gunmen opened fired at restaurants and bars. Fortunately, the photo shoot was completed before the attacks took place.
According to Abad, many Parisians were still frightened. They only leave their homes when needed.
"Nandoon pa rin po ang takot. May mga kaibigan po ako ng French na ayaw po nila lumabas," she said.
"Wala po tayong makikitang mga kabataan na nasa labas. Konti [lang] ang mga tao. Sa palagay ko, lumalabas ang mga tao dala lang po ng pangangailangan," she added.
Gunmen and bombers attacked busy restaurants, bars, and a concert hall at locations around Paris on Friday night.
The so-called Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attacks.  Trisha Macas/DVM, GMA News

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