TWO Filipino seafarers were abducted in Togo, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said.
The latest kidnapping incident was reported by the Philippine Embassy in Abuja, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Eduardo Meñez said.
“We received a report of another piracy incident in West Africa that resulted in the kidnapping of two more Filipino seafarers somewhere in Togo,” the DFA said.
The latest incident brought to 11 the total number of kidnapped Filipino seafarers in West Africa.
Last week, nine Filipino sailors were reported abducted by pirates from a cargo ship off the coast of Beni in West Africa.
Shipowner JJ Ugland said pirates boarded anchored vessel MV Bonita early morning of Nov. 2 off Cotonou, Benin in the Gulf of Guinea while waiting for berth to discharge inbound gypsum cargo.
The Philippine government is monitoring the development of the case with the embassy in Abuja and coordinating with authorities to ensure the safety and security of the Filipino seafarers.
Moreover, the DFA maintains close contact with the seafarers’ manning agency and will provide updates, as necessary.