Thailand martial law: Manila advises Filipinos in Thailand to avoid rally sites

Motorists on their way as Thai soldiers take to the streets with a heavy machine gun on a Humvee military vehicle at a main road outside the Royal Thai Police Sports Club in Bangkok, Thailand on May 20, 2014. The Philippines on Tuesday, May 20,
Motorists on their way as Thai soldiers take to the streets with a heavy machine gun on a Humvee military vehicle at a main road outside the Royal Thai Police Sports Club in Bangkok, Thailand on May 20, 2014. The Philippines on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, advised some 15,000 Filipinos in Thailand to avoid rally sites and large gatherings, as the political crisis in that country deepens. -- PHOTO: EPA

The Philippines on Tuesday advised some 15,000 Filipinos in Thailand to avoid rally sites and large gatherings, as the political crisis in that country deepens.

In a news briefing, the foreign ministry's spokesman Charles Jose said the government has raised its alert level for Filipinos in Thailand from 1, taking precautions, to 2, restricting "non-essential movements" and preparing to evacuate.

He said the Philippines is hoping a "peaceful resolution" of the crisis in Thailand "through dialogue and observance of democratic principles".

Mr Jose said the Department of Foreign Affairs will send a team to Thailand to closely monitor the situation there.

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