The Address | Benghazi – Libya
MANILA – The Filipino Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday assured the families of seven Filipino seafarers detained in Libya that it was exerting all efforts to bring them home.
The agency made the statement after relatives of the detained seafarers appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte for help.
“The Department is actively monitoring the case with no less than Foreign Affairs Secretary (Teodoro Locsin Jr.) requesting the assistance of Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Lufti Al-Maghrabi in securing their release,” the DFA said in a statement.
Locsin, according to the DFA, met with his Libyan counterpart on the sidelines of a meeting in Morocco last December and brought up the matter.
The seafarers were taken into custody in August 2017 by the Libyan Coast Guard on suspicion of fuel smuggling.
Among those detained were Claro Allera, Fulgencio Eulogio, Abraham Naduma Jr., Ronnie Moniva, Gil Cruzada, Aldwin Emperado, and Captain Arthur Taleno.
The DFA added that officials of the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli recently visited the detained seafarers and retained the services of a lawyer to represent them in court.
“The Embassy has been assured by Libyan authorities that the seven are in good condition,” the DFA said.