Remains of 2 Filipino seafarers killed in Houthi attack arrive in PH

Remains of 2 Filipino seafarers killed in Houthi attack arrive in PH

FAMILIES are in mourning as the remains of two Filipino sailors from the bulk carrier MV True Confidence, who were killed in a missile strike by armed Houthi rebels in the Gulf of Aden, have arrived at the NAIA cargo area in Pasay City today from Dubai.

To recall, on March 6, 2024, armed Houthi rebels attacked the bulk carrier MV True Confidence while navigating the Gulf of Aden.

The vessel was carrying 15 Filipino crew members, and two of them lost their lives.

Earlier, the remaining 13 crew members returned home and were provided necessary government assistance.

The Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Labor and Employment, their manning agency, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration collaborated to facilitate the repatriation of the deceased Filipino seafarers.

Upon their return to their respective homes, OWWA and other government agencies are assisting the families of the two crew members to ensure that they receive full support and assistance.

MV True Confidence is among the shipping companies that the DMW prohibits Filipino seafarers from boarding or sailing with after being involved in an attack by Houthi rebels.

These shipping companies also include those that own Galaxy Leader and MV Tutor, as they continue to pass through the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden despite the known dangers in these perilous waters.

‘’So what we’re saying is, those ships that have been attacked— meaning, they were seen by the Houthi rebels, they were attacked. And those shipowners— let’s say, they’re already known by Houthi rebels. [These ships] should no longer board Filipino seafarers because the likelihood that another attack might happen is strong or high. So, we don’t allow them to board ships that have been previously attacked,’’ Sec. Hans Leo Cacdac DMW said.

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