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RESCUED SEAFARERS HOME TODAY

June 17, 2024 People's Journal 209 views

THE 21 Filipino seafarers rescued from the Houthi-hit MV Tutor in the Red Sea are set to arrive this afternoon in Manila, a few days after they were rescued Friday evening upon the order of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

In a statement, the Department of Migrant Workers said the 21 Filipino seafarers were warmly received by Philippine Ambassador to Bahrain Anne Jalando-on Louis on Saturday and are expected to board a flight home Sunday evening.

The seafarers will be joined by DMW Labor Attaché Hector Cruz.

Twenty-two Filipino seafarers were on board the MV Tutor when it was attacked by Houthi rebel group while sailing along the Red Sea on Wednesday.

President Marcos ordered on Friday all concerned government agencies to bring the Filipino seafarers to safety, resulting in the successful rescue of the 21 seafarers while one remains missing aboard the vessel.

They arrived at around 5:30 pm on Saturday at the Port of Manama, Bahrain. All 21 of them are safe and sound, according to DMW Secretary Hans Leo Cacdac while search operations are underway to locate the missing seafarer.

A team of DMW, Migrant Workers Office (MWO) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), under the ‘One-Country Team Approach’ led by the Philippine ambassador in Bahrain, were Manama Port to receive the 21 seafarers.

PBBM ORDERS ALL-OUT AID TO HOUTI-HIT PINOY SAILORS

The administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has imposed a whole-of-government approach to help Filipino seafarers attacked by the Houthi rebel group in the Red Sea.

In a Saturday news forum, Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Hans Cacdac said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is closely working with foreign counterparts for the release of 17 Filipino seafarers captured by Houthi rebels last year.

“The ongoing effort to secure their release is being undertaken through the DFA – the DFA is communicating with foreign governments who have communication lines with Houthi rebels with the objective of securing the release of our seafarers and bringing them home safely,” he said.

At least 17 Filipino seafarers were affected when their vessel Galaxy Leader was attacked by the rebel group.

As to the Filipino seafarers onboard True Confidence, which was also hit by the rebels, Cacdac said 11 of them already came home safely. Two Filipinos, however, were killed during the attack.

He said overseas foreign experts have assisted in processing the remains of the two fatalities while families of the victims were already informed about the development before their remains are repatriated.

“So, the return of the two seafarers’ remains are expected to be home soon,” he said.

Cacdac said the collaborative efforts of various government agencies and its foreign counterparts have resulted in the quick rescue of 21 out of 22 Filipino seafarers onboard MV Tutor attacked by the Houthi group on Wednesday.

He said the rescue came in less than 24 hours after President Marcos ordered them moved to safety. PCO

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