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Philippines says Arab-Qatar rift may have repercussions for Filipino workers
June 6, 2017 / 4:53 AM / 3 months ago

Philippines says Arab-Qatar rift may have repercussions for Filipino workers

An Eikon ship-tracking screen shows tanker traffic around Qatar over the last seven days in this June 6, 2017 illustration photo.Thomas White/Illustration

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine government expressed concern over several Arab powers breaking off diplomatic ties with Qatar, saying this may have "ripple effects" on Filipinos working overseas.

"Concerned government agencies are looking at the matter and will extend assistance and other support for OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) who may be affected by such action," Ernesto Abella, presidential spokesman, told a media briefing.

Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Michael Perry

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