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Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. welcome the three Filipinos at the NAIA.

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UAE helps free 3 Filipinos held hostage in Libya

 

MANILA – Three Filipino engineers kidnapped and held hostage in Libya have been freed and have arrived in the Philippines in Saturday (May 18), according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“The Philippines welcomes the release of the three Filipino engineers who were taken by armed men from the project site of the Great Man-Made River Project in the southern part of Libya 10 months ago,” the DFA said in a statement.

“The Philippines deeply appreciates the efforts of the UAE, Libya, South Korea, and other friendly countries that led to the release of the three Filipinos and their Korean colleague,” it added.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. welcomed the three Filipinos who were accompanied by Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana. The three arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 on Saturday morning on board PR 0659.

“We are glad that we are able to bring them home alive and safe to their families. These Filipinos coming home to their families are living proof that the DFA will never leave a Filipino in danger behind,” Locsin said.

The DFA, through the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs, provided airline tickets and cash assistance to the trio.

The three Filipinos and their South Korean colleague were taken by armed men from the project site of the Great Man-Made River Project in the southern part of Libya in July 2018.

According to then Chargé d’affaires to Libya Mardomel Melicor, the hostage takers took five foreigners and four Libyans from the work site of a water supply project.

President Rodrigo Duterte initially considered sending two frigates to Libya but eventually opted to heed the advice of his Cabinet members to first form a task force. GAD/Expat Media/PNA

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