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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.  

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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