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Employer’s lapses, not Filipino workers, blamed for US oil rig blast

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United States federal agency on Monday pointed to “failures” in workplace safety precautions of oil platform operator Black Elk and its contractors for the oil rig blast that killed three Filipino workers on the Gulf of Mexico last year.

Posted: November 5th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Bodies of Filipino seamen found

DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday confirmed that two bodies recovered following a ship collision in the North Sea on Monday belong to two Filipino seamen who went missing after the mishap.

Posted: October 12th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

4 released PH seamen home soon

DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Four Filipinos released after two years in the hands of Somali pirates are in good condition and will return home soon, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.

Posted: May 3rd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Somali pirates free 14 Filipino seamen

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Tuesday that 14 Filipino seafarers held hostage by Somali pirates in an oil tanker have been released after 10 months of detention.

Posted: March 12th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipino seaman rescued after being held hostage for 32 months by Somali pirates – DFA

DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

A Filipino seafarer was rescued by authorities after being held captive by Somali pirates for nearly three years, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

Posted: December 25th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Somali pirates free 21 Filipinos

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A Liberian-flagged Greek-owned ship and its crew of 21 Filipinos held hostage by pirates for eight months have been released following the payment of a $2.3 million (around P95 million) ransom, a Somali pirate said Friday.

Posted: October 14th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa | Read More »

3 Filipino sailors kidnapped in Yemen

Yemeni tribesman have kidnapped three Filipino sailors, demanding that one of their own be freed from jail in exchange for their freedom, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

Posted: March 22nd, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

3 Filipino crew hurt in cruise ship sinking – DFA

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At least three of the 300 Filipino crew members of the Costa Concordia were among the reported injured when the cruise ship ran aground Friday off the coast of Grosseto in Tuscany, according to the Philippine Embassy in Rome.

Posted: January 16th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Gov’t adopts measures to protect Filipino seamen


The government has come up with a plan to minimize the risk Filipino seamen face from Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Posted: January 5th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Pirates free 2 Filipinos


Two Filipino crew members of a Greek-owned cargo ship were released by Somali pirates last week after nearly a year in captivity, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday.

Posted: November 12th, 2011 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »



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