MANILA – Filipinos based in Libya are urged to remain indoors and avoid unnecessary movement after a state of emergency was declared in Tripoli. In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the embassy in Tripoli has reported instances of looting, robbery, car theft and other crimes. An estimated 1,800 Filipinos are based in Tripoli. Chargé d’Affaires Mardomel Melicor urged them to also make sure they have enough food and water to last a few days and prepare for power supply and internet connectivity disruptions. Melicor added that the embassy was ready to respond to any request for assistance from the Filipino Community. In the event of emergencies, the embassy could be contacted at: +218 91 824 4208 and +218 94 454 1283. Agence France-Presse reported that the Libyan capital has been at the center of a battle for influence between armed groups since Kadhafi’s fall and killing.