Negotiations in release of Filipinos 'sensitive, complex' — DFA

July 8, 2010 11:07 pm 

MANILA, July 8 —- Negotiations in the release of 18 Filipino seafarers recently abducted in the high seas off the Horn of Africa are “sensitive and complex,” according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), which has asked media not to jeopardize the process.

DFA did not elucidate. In past cases of hijackings, DFA constantly reminded that high ransoms were being demanded by the pirates but that the Philippine government had a no-ransom policy.

While pleading for media cooperation, DFA assured their families that the crew members are reportedly safe and not maltreated by their captors, who are not identified but most possibly are Somali pirates.

The manning agency also assured that salaries and other financial benefits accruing them will continue to be given to the families.

The seafarers have called their families at the expense of the manning agency.

The Filipinos were aboard the chemical tanker, “MT Motivator,” when they were attacked by pirates in northern Bab Al Mandeb area in the southern Red Sea, between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa on July 4.(PNA)

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