DFA hints at hopeful release of Filipino hostages in the Red Sea
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said Filipino seafarers held hostage by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea are in good condition and “will eventually be released.”
DFA Spokesperson Teresita Daza has assured the public that the government is doing everything possible to obtain freedom for the 17 Filipino seafarers.
“Government sources say that the hostages are in good condition and will eventually be released. Efforts are ongoing for this to happen as soon as possible,” Daza told reporters in a text message.
Daza’s statement was issued after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. announced he would no longer attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Marcos cited “important developments” in the hostage situation involving the Filipino seafarers for his decision to call off his trip to Dubai. The DFA, however, has yet to give further details regarding such developments.
On November 22, the DFA confirmed that 17 Filipinos aboard the Galaxy Leader cargo ship were among the people held hostage by the Houthi armed group in the Red Sea.