55 Filipinos repatriated from Papua New Guinea

May 4, 2012 10:02 pm 

MANILA, May 4 — Fifty-five Filipinos, who were stranded penniless in Manus, Papua New Guinea, were due to arrive here on Friday night from the capital of Port Moresby, after their would-be employment with a fishing company was derailed by documentation problems.

From Manila, the group flies to General Santos City in Mindanao on Saturday. Most of them are from the city, known in the Philippines as the center of the tuna-fishing industry.

According to Philippine Ambassador to PNG, Bienvenido Tejano, the men were hired as land and sea-based crew members of the company in Papua New Guinea. However, the outfit was unable to commence its fishing operations. This left the crew stranded and unpaid.

Tejano personally oversaw their repatriation and the cost of the procedure underwritten by the Department of Foreign Affairs. (PNA)



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