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Pinoys in Turkey safe

Malacañang said yesterday that it is closely monitoring the developments in Turkey amid an attempted military coup that left dozens of people dead.

Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said that the Philippine Embassy has already reached out to Filipinos there.

“Nakatutok ang gobyerno at nakausap na ng embahada ang mga Pinoy doon,” Andanar said in a text message.

There are approximately 3,500 Filipinos in Turkey who, as reported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, are all safe. The DFA has advised them to stay indoors.

“They were advised by the Embassy to stay home. The Embassy continues to monitor the situation closely,” said a statement by DFA spokesperson Charles Jose.

At least 60 people were reported killed in violence that erupted on Friday after a faction of the armed forces attempted but failed to overthrow Turkey’s democratically elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Elena L. Aben)