So far, the government has flown home about 2,200 Filipinos, most of them from southern Lebanon, including the biggest batch yet of 447 workers who arrived on a flight chartered by the International Organization for Migration early Wednesday.
Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, the most senior Cabinet official, told reporters that Arroyo ordered a mandatory evacuation of all Filipinos. So far, the order had applied only to south Lebanon, the AP reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin got the West worried again by signing Decree No. 915. The news did not produce any public effect in Russia