Locsin: Filipinos detained in Cambodia on way home

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 23) — A number of Filipinos are returning home after being detained in Siem Reap, Cambodia because of a problem with their job agency, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro "Teddy Boy" Locsin, Jr. said Saturday.

The senior diplomat took to Twitter to announce the development, but did not go into details.

"The Filipinos detained in Siem Reap on their way home. It’s what we do best: bring ‘em back," Locsin said.

In a tweet on Friday, Locsin said there was an emergency in the Cambodia town, "some misunderstanding that requires call on friendships in government there."

In a response to Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson's tweet praising him for his swift action, Locsin explained, "some Filipinos who went there for a job were arrested because the job agency had lost its license."

The Philippines has an embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. It serves around 6,000 Filipinos living and working in the neighboring Southeast Asian country.