17 Filipino hostages in ‘good condition’ – DFA

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

November 30, 2023, 11:51 am

<p>Department of Foreign Affairs<em> (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)</em></p>

Department of Foreign Affairs (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said the 17 Filipinos being held hostage by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea are “in good condition”.

“Government sources say that the hostages are in good condition, and will eventually be released. Efforts are ongoing for this to happen as soon as possible,” it said in a statement.

The DFA had been making diplomatic representation with foreign governments for the release of the seafarers.

The 17 were among the 25 Galaxy Leader crew members who were on board the cargo ship hijacked by the Houthi rebels on Nov. 19.

On Thursday, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. announced that he is also dispatching a high-level delegation to Tehran, Iran to provide “necessary assistance” to the seafarers.

The agency has yet to provide information as to who will lead the mission. (PNA)