THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through the Philippine Embassy in Tehran, continues to monitor the developments related to the seizing of British-flagged MT Stena Impero last July 19 while transiting the Strait of Hormuz.
Ambassador to Iran Wilfredo C. Santos reported to the DFA that the Embassy personnel were allowed aboard the vessel on July 26 to talk to the Filipino seafarer who was part of the crew along with 22 others.
The Filipino seafarer is well and in good spirits, and crew are treated well and allowed free movement inside the vessel to go about their normal duties.
They were also given the opportunity to communicate with family and allowed Internet access from time to time.
The Filipino seafarer is requesting that his family be taken care of while the vessel is embargoed in Iranian waters.
The Pinoy seaman also extends his gratitude to his manning agency and the goverment for their assistance. Embassy representatives assured him that they are working on ways to have him and his crewmates released.
MT Stena Impero is presently at anchor in Hormozgan Province in Iran, which is also home to a major Iranian naval base fronting the Persian Gulf.