Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez confirmed this request before a public hearing by the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs headed by Sen. Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos, US government requested the Philippines to temporarily allowed Afghans to stay in the Philippines. Meanwhile, Ambassador Romualdez clarified that these Afghans are not refugees. They are former employees of the US government or have worked for the US government while they were in Afghanistan.

In connection to this, up to 1,500 Afghans will be allowed entry to the Philippines if the government grant the request of the United States (US) government. Philippines will serves as a processing site for these Afghans before repatriation to the US.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo, in his part, said concerned Philippine agencies are meeting and coming up with the recommendations with regards to the US request. He also said that the concerns being discussed are about security and the duration of their stay in the country. He added that the Afghans will have a non-migrant visa once Philippines grants the request of US.

According to reports, these Afghan are facing “significant danger” following the withdrawal of the US military forces from Afghanistan.

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