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Filipino killed in hijacking of tanker off Nigeria—DFA

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DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—A Filipino seafarer was killed when an unidentified group of pirates hijacked a chemical tanker off the coast of Nigeria on Feb. 4, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez, the DFA spokesperson, said pirates shot and killed the Filipino seaman when they boarded the Pyxis Delta, a tanker registered in the Marshall Islands, on Monday.

He was rushed to the nearest hospital but was declared dead upon arrival at the facility, Hernandez said.

Eight other Filipino crewmen who were also aboard the ship at the time of the hijacking are safe and are expected to be repatriated soon, Hernandez said.

“They are safe and in good health but we don’t have a full report and details about the incident,” he said.

The hostage-taking was apparently resolved immediately but Hernandez said the DFA has received only a sketchy preliminary report from the seamen’s local manning agent in Manila.

Details remain unclear as to how long the pirates held the ship and how and why they finally let go of the vessel and its crew.

The Pyxis Delta is now anchored off the Nigerian coast with its crew still on board, Hernandez said.

At least 23 Filipino seamen are still in the hands of pirates on three hijacked ships in Somalia, some already for months, the DFA said.


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    saan ka nakakita ng barko wala kahit isang armas talagang mahostage sila kung yan pirata na yan bago makaakyat sa barko ay babanatan a.k 47 tingnan mo kung makapasok yan! pananagutan ng kumpanya yan wala man lang security yung barko!

  • bogli_anakdami

    huwaaaat?  this is news??? hay naku, hoy mga flip gung gongs…

    ‘sang tambaks ang flip marinos na hawak ng mga somali piratas doon sa somalia… pero ang flip gubyerno de gung gongs eh walang ginagawa para matulungan sila… ayaw bayaran ang ransom… kc, pang bonus daw iyon sa pasko eh…

    gustong tsupain ni prez gung gong akin’o si uncle sam para isabit ang mga flip gung gongs kung sakaling ipadala ang seals…

  • bogli_anakdami

    hoy mga flip gung gongs… merong job openings doon sa dapor…

    kailangan-kailangan the positions must be filled… kc, flipland remittance economy will be affected… mababawasan ang 6.7% growth….

    yun lang… 

  • rodben

    Talagang ganyan gobyerno ng Pinas pagnangailangan ng TULONG OFW’S BINGI AT NO MONEY pero pag official ng gobyerno namasyal sa ibang bansa milyones naka-ready agad, anyway tanggap na ito ng mga OFW’s pag nangibang bansa para magtrabaho ” ANG UMUWI NG PATAY O BALDO O BUHAY” kaysa manatiling sa Pinas na tambay at mamatay sa gutom o saksak ng holdaper / snachers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.lee.1485 Matt Lee

    So when will the Philippines conduct anti-piracy patrols out there to protect seafarers?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TAYLHMWTPKUI6ULKRNJWYQ4EOA socali177

      Dont you Chinese have any respect for the dead? May his spirit torment you



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