81 RP seamen still held by Somali pirates
by Jerry Esplanada
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines–A total of 81 Filipino seafarers are still being held by pirates in the east African state of Somalia and “negotiations for their release continue,” according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Esteban Conejos assured the Philippine Daily Inquirer the foreign office has been addressing the problem.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo earlier said the DFA was coordinating with “concerned foreign countries” for the safe release of the Filipino hostages.
“We continue to work with our friends in the international community, as well as those who are patrolling the waters,” Romulo also said. Read more