Philippines braces to evacuate workers in Iraq, Iran

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships “at any moment’s notice” to evacuate thousands of Filipino workers in Iraq and Iran should violence break out, reflecting Asia’s growing fears for its citizens in the increasingly volatile Middle East. Other Asian nations with large populations of expatriate labour may face similar decisions amid the rapidly escalating tensions between the United States (US) and Iran following last week’s US airstrike that killed Iranian top General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. More details in Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin