Pirates Take Hostage 10 Seafarers On Board Liberian-Flagged Container Ship

Ten Filipino seamen were taken hostage by pirates who hijacked two vessels in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Wednesday, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer online.

In a statement, the DFA, citing a report of Philippine Ambassador to Nigeria Shirley Ho-Vicario to Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., said two Filipinos on board a Liberian-flagged container ship were among 11 crewmen kidnapped by pirates who boarded their vessel on Saturday last week.

Vicario said another eight Filipino seafarers on a Panamanian-registered tanker were missing after their vessel was hijacked by pirates on Monday.

“Ambassador Vicario said the embassy is exerting efforts to establish the whereabouts of the 10 seafarers and secure their release,” the DFA said. —Jerome Aning

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.