QUEZON City, August 6, 2014—A bishop calls on Filipinos in Libya, where a conflict between government forces and rebel groups has broken out, to return to the safety of their home country.
“I appeal to our countrymen to come home the soonest. Let’s hope and pray that they will soon realize that the life which drives us to make a living is more important than act of making a living itself,” Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani said In a recent interview over Radyo Veritas.
He called on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in the predominantly Muslim state to stopping put their lives on the line, and to value their well-being more than the amount of money they can hope to earn there.
According to Bacani, life is worth more than all the money in the world.
Bacani fears for the safety of Filipinos as the situation in Libya worsens.
The bishop laments the fate of a Filipina nurse, who, the Foreign Affairs Department confirmed, had been kidnapped and raped by a group of six Libyan youth in Tripoli on July 30.
He stressed that similar incidents might happen again to Filipinos if they keep rejecting the immediate repatriation being offered by the Philippine government.
Of the estimated 13,000 OFWs in Libya, 900 have already been repatriated. (Raymond A. Sebastián)