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Philippines won't ban travel to Paris despite attacks

Earl Leonard Sebastian - Philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines — 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.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), however, 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," the DFA said in a statement.

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 President Benigno Aquino III.

READ: Philippines condemns 'horrific, barbaric' Paris attacks

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 added.

The Philippine embassy, it added, may also be contacted through its emergency number at 062-59-2515.

The French authorities have opened a special telephone line for families of victims needing assistance at 0800-40-60-05.

The website of the French Ministry of the Interior has updated information regarding the events that have unfolded and the taken measures.

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