Filipinos on Middle East oil tankers 'safe' after attacks: labor chief


Posted at Jun 14 2019 10:03 AM | Updated as of Jun 14 2019 10:45 AM

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MANILA (UPDATE) -- All Filipino crew members on board 2 oil tankers that were attacked in the Gulf of Oman are safe, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Friday.

Up to 28 Filipinos were aboard the vessels, Bello told DZMM's Kabayan.

"Fortunately, wala pa tayong kababayang casualty... Ligtas ang ating mga kababayan," he said.

(Fortunately, we do not have Filipino casualties yet... Our countrymen are safe.)

The first ship that caught fire in the attack was Frontline's Front Altair ship that was manned by 11 Filipinos, 11 Russians and a Georgian.

The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker was heading to Taiwan from Qatar when the explosion took place.

"They (crew) were transferred to an Iranian navy vessel and disembarked at a local Iranian port. It is understood they are now being transferred to Bandar Abbas," the company said in a statement to Reuters.

The second vessel was a Panama-flagged ship heading from a port in Saudi Arabia towards Singapore.

Authorities have yet to determine the perpetrators of the incident.

- with a report from Reuters