The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) explained endeavours to safe the release of two Filipino seafarers, who have been a short while ago kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea, is now ongoing.
“The house owners/principals in Greece are coordinating with the Togo authorities through agent for the basic safety and speedy release of the abducted seafarers,” DOLE reported in a statement.
On Tuesday, the Greek-flagged merchant ship, Elka Aristotle, were boarded by armed pirates, though anchored in Lome, Togo.
The pirates kidnapped four of the ship’s crew members. Among the those kidnapped were being two Filipinos: Elmer Padencio (Second Officer) and Rene M. Lazaga (ordinary seaman).
Both equally were being deployed by the manning agency, Eastern Ocean Maritime Corp.
This was the 2nd modern incident of kidnapping of Filipino seafarers in Africa in excess of the weekend.
Past Saturday, the Department of Overseas Affairs (DFA) reported 9 Filipino seafarers, who have been on board a Norwegian-flagged ship of the coastline of Benin, had been also kidnapped by pirates.