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70 Filipinos from Haiti to Be Repatriated to Manila

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At least 70 Filipinos from the quake-shattered Haiti will be repatriated to Manila while rescuers continue their search for the two missing Filipino workers trapped in the rubble of a collapsed supermarket in Port-au-Prince, Philippine consular officials said Friday.

Philippine Ambassador to Cuba and Relief and Recovery Task Force Head Macarthur Corsino said the repatriates will take land transportation by bus from Port-au-Prince, Haiti to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

From the Dominican Republic, they will take a plane which would eventually bring them to Miami, then Los Angeles and finally Manila. Transit visas to the Dominican Republic and the US are being secured for the Filipinos.

The Philippine foreign affairs department said they will continue searching for Mary Grace Fabian and Geraldine Lalican -- two workers who were trapped when the Caribbean Supermarket collapsed in last week's earthquake.

Three Filipino peacekeepers and a Filipino UN civilian staff were killed in the earthquake. Their bodies were dug out from the ruins of the destroyed UN offices located at the Christopher Hotel.

(Xinhua News Agency January 23, 2010)

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