Philippines ‘deeply concerned’ with Burma violence, urges Pinoys to avoid protest sites

05-Mar-2021 Intellasia | GMANetwork | 6:52 AM Print This Post

The Philippines on Thursday expressed deep concern with the recent escalation of violence in Myanmar which, according to a United Nations ambassador, has left nearly 40 people killed.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it is calling on security forces in Myanmar to “exercise restraint and refrain from using excessive force against unarmed demonstrators.”

A Reuters report, citing the UN, said 38 people were killed in Myanmar on Wednesday as the military quelled protests in several towns and cities.

In the same statement, the DFA reiterated the Philippine government’s call for a “complete restoration of the status quo ante and allow State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to play her unifying role.”

It also advised Filipinos in Myanmar to avoid places of protests, monitor developments through reputable sources, and check with the Philippine Embassy in Yangon for further advisories.

The Reuters report, citing an aid agency, said the fatalities included four children.

Local media reported that hundreds of protesters were arrested.


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