PH embassy to take ‘drastic measures’ if Myanmar situation escalates

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ top diplomat in Myanmar was authorized to undertake “drastic measures” to ensure the safety of Filipinos there should the situation escalate in the Southeast Asian country following a military power grab last week.

Philippine Ambassador to Myanmar Eduardo Kapunan Jr. said such measures include closing down the embassy and evacuating all Filipinos.

“Ako’y binigyan ng awtoridad ng ating Secretary of Foreign Affairs to do drastic measures kung sakali mang magulo,” Kapunan said in an interview over Teleradyo on Thursday.

(I was given authority by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs to take drastic measures in case things escalate.)

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