Filipino freed by Somali pirates to be home soon – DFA

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MANILA, Philippines — The Filipino released by Somali pirates along with 21 other foreign sailors will be home soon as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has started arrangements for his flight back home.

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez, the DFA spokesperson, said the DFA has confirmed the release of the Filipino and other crew members of Panama-flagged MV Iceberg, whose 32-month captivity in the hands of Somali pirates was known to be one of the longest in the shipping industry.

“We received confirmation from the local manning agency that a Filipino seafarer on board MV Iceberg 1 was rescued on Dec. 23 together with other crew members from the hands of the Somali pairates after 32 months of captivity,” said Hernandez in a text message.

The Filipino, whose name has been withheld, was under the care of United Nations forces in Garowe, Somalia, as of Tuesday, the DFA said.

“His family has already been informed by the manning agency of this development. His repatriation is now being arranged,” said Hernandez.

The Filipino was among sailors from India, Yemen, Sudan, Ghana and Pakistan who were taken captive aboard their cargo vessel off the seaport city of Aden in Yemen in March 2010, a Reuters report said.

Pirates gave them up following a siege by maritime police that started on Dec. 10.  Two crew members earlier died in captivity.

Ship hijacks are commonplace in the Indian Ocean, with Filipino seafarers among the frequent victims.

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  • opinyonlangpo

    What a deception. The previous article says they were rescued, this one says they were released by the pirates. Confusing but the point is, the news must sell…its business.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B5HXITWGDUTJF2JPFTXRIOY7NQ Danyale

      Rescued or Released, for me it’s not a big deal, am sure hindi ka naman kasama sa tactical/military operation sa pagsagip/pagpapalaya sa kanila….ang importante malaya na ang mga tripolante (at isa na diyan ang isang pilipino) sa kamay ng mga piratang dagat….can’t we not be grateful…. (sometimes)?…Business is business and that is another story.

      • opinyonlangpo

        The last time I checked, “rescue” is not a synonym of “release”. No big deal specially for Filipinos.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B5HXITWGDUTJF2JPFTXRIOY7NQ Danyale

      Siguro mas appropriate ang word na Confuse/Confused/Confusing ang ginamit mo dito sa comment kasi you’re referring to “rescued” & “released”. I have not seen deception neither deceit in this article because the crew members were indeed freed from captivity from their somali pirates.

      • opinyonlangpo

        You are probably an aspiring english teacher, keep it up.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZML5N2RBL5P6XZ7PR5BM4Q7YUE fair play

    they wre rescued by legit somali soldiers, it is a dirty trick of the newspaper just to catch your attention then they file an apologia somewher to correct the distorted facts!

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