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Locsin isolated; DFA on lockdown

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. will undergo quarantine while the entire Department Foreign Affairs main office will be placed on a lockdown until Tuesday after a coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) carrier was identified to have been in the DFA premises last Wednesday.

Locsin announced this on his Twitter account on Thursday afternoon.

“Great conversation. Will get a lot done soon. Sadly, I must quarantine. I’m negative, but the building and officers I met yesterday tested positive,” Locsin said, responding to new US State Secretary Antony Blinken’s tweet regarding his conversation with the Philippine top diplomat,

“We’re going into lockdown ’til Tuesday when we test again. Again, thank you for the call. Please tell your President what I said,” he added.

On Thursday, the new Secretary of State has called Locsin to underscore the United States’ “strong alliance” with the Philippines.

US restates commitment
He also expressed the United States’ commitment to stand with Southeast Asian nations pressured by China on the territorial issue in the South China Sea.

During the phone call, Blinken emphasized that the “strong alliance” with the Philippines will be vital to a “free and open” Info-Pacific region.

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