In a poignant appeal, the House of Representatives has implored all relevant government bodies to mobilize every available resource for the prompt liberation of 17 Filipino seafarers currently ensnared by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea. The distressing episode transpired on Sunday, November 19, as Iranian-backed rebels seized control of the Galaxy Leader cargo ship, thrusting the Filipino crew into an alarming predicament.
Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, conveying profound unease about the unfolding circumstances, underscored the urgent and unwavering attention necessitated by this situation. Collaborating closely with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s administration, the House of Representatives is steadfast in ensuring the safety and welfare of the affected Filipino seafarers, deeming it an imperative of the utmost magnitude.
“In this critical juncture, we stand united at the House of Representatives, deeply troubled by the predicament of 17 valiant Filipino seafarers presently held captive by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea. Such a situation demands our immediate and concerted focus,” emphasized Speaker Romualdez in a released statement.
Paving Ways for a Smoother Process
Wholeheartedly endorsing the ongoing endeavors of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the House of Representatives lends its full support to secure the expeditious and secure release of the Filipino seafarers. The DFA has been actively immersed in diplomatic channels and negotiations to amicably resolve the hostage situation and facilitate the safe repatriation of the affected Filipino nationals.
Speaker Romualdez, extending the call beyond national borders, implores the international community to unite with the Philippines in condemning this heinous act of piracy and extending assistance to expedite the resolution of this crisis. The incident starkly underscores the global imperative to address piracy concerns in international waters and fortify the safety measures for seafarers navigating regions susceptible to security risks.
“The Philippines remains resolute in its commitment to tirelessly work towards the safe return of our fellow citizens and to address the root causes precipitating such incidents,” affirmed Speaker Romualdez. The House of Representatives, in an unwavering display of solidarity, stands by the Filipino seafarers and their families, offering unequivocal support during this challenging juncture.
The House’s impassioned plea for immediate action encapsulates the gravity of the situation and underscores the pressing need to prioritize the safety and well-being of Filipino seafarers. Collaborative international efforts are perceived as indispensable in resolving the crisis promptly and instituting preventive measures to avert similar incidents in the future.