The Address | Benghazi – Libya
MANILA – The families of seven Filipino seamen currently detained in Libya for alleged attempted oil smuggling appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to have them transferred to “a more secured detention facility” because “we fear for their lives.”
Crystal Allera, wife of Second Officer Claro Allera, in a press conference on Tuesday, led relatives in appealing to the President, as they pointed to the ongoing civil strife and asked him to form a special task force that would focus on the prisoners who have been languishing in jail for the past 17 months.
All seven detained seamen were officers of MT Levante, an oil tanker operated by the Evalend Shipping Tankers based in Athens, Greece.
Aside from Allera, the others were identified as Master Arthur Taleno, First Officer Fulgencio Eulogio, Third Officer Abraham Naduma Jr., Chief Engineer Ronnie Moniva, Second Engineer Gil Cruzada and Third Engineer Aldwin Emperado.
Thirteen other Filipino crewmen of the same vessel have been ordered released by the court and repatriated to the Philippines.