Philippine officials are working to help secure the release of seven Filipino seafarers who
have being held captive by Somali pirates since Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs
The DFA said the seven were aboard the German-owned cargo vessel MV EMS River that
pirates hijacked last Monday.
“The Philippine Foreign Liaison Officer to the Combined Maritime Command in Bahrain,
Commander Gaudencio Collado, is now coordinating with naval authorities to resolve the
case,” the DFA said in an article posted on its website.
It said the MV EMS River was seized approximately 175 nautical miles northeast of the port
of Salalah in Oman. The ship was en route to San Nicolas, Greece, from Jebel Ali in the
United Arab Emirates at the time of the attack.
The cargo ship has a crew of seven Filipinos and one Romanian, an Associated Press report
According to the DFA, its Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA-
OUMWA) had learned that the ship’s manning agency in Manila already informed the families
of the seafarers about the incident. (PIA/DFA)