DFA taking “quick positive measures” to help 4 Pinoy seamen kidnapped by Pirates in Nigerian waters

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday that they are “taking quick positive measures” to help the four Pinoy seamen kidnapped from a German cargo vessel in Nigerian waters.

In an article by GMA News, DFA spokesperson Robbie Bolivar said the public will be informed of further developments that will not offend the privacy of the seamen’s privacy and safety.

“Out of concern for the safety of our kababayans and the privacy of their families, we cannot share more information than this… but rest assured the DFA will apprise the press of any developments in due course,” he said.

A shipping company said on Tuesday that a German container vessel’s crew have been kidnapped in Nigerian waters.

According to the Philippine Department of Labor and Ukrainian foreign ministry, four of those abducted are Filipino, and one is a Ukrainian national. A person familiar with the matter also told Reuters that one Hungarian national was taken.

The six were kidnapped from their ship on Saturday as it approached a port which is considered a ‘hotspot of kidnapping’ in the Niger Delta.

The vessel has reportedly moved away from Nigerian waters, while the 12 remaining crew of the vessel are safe, the spokesman shipping company Peter Doehle Schiffahrts KG said.

As of this posting, no official contact has been established with the kidnappers according to reports.

The Philippine government does not negotiate or pay ransom to kidnappers as a policy; however, it gives ship owners the free hand in negotiating for the release of kidnapped Filipino sailors.