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2 Pinoy seafarers of Dubai-based firm back in PH after being offloaded in this country

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May. 02, 18 | 10:55 am

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Friday, April 27, that two Filipino seafarers earlier reported stranded in Iran for almost three weeks have been safely repatriated back to Manila.

Alfredo Borlongan, the Philippine consul general in Tehran, accompanied the seamen on their journey to Manila.

The DFA-Office of Public Diplomacy said that Jerry Gabanzo and Miguel Estrella, Jr., crew members of the MV Blue Nile, arrived in Iran on April 1, 2018 after they were offloaded from their vessel.

According to DFA, Gabanzo and Estrella were offloaded in Iran after complaining that they have yet to receive their salaries from their employer –a company based in Dubai.

The Philippine Embassy in Tehran learned about their plight only on April 16 when the wife of one of the seamen sent an urgent email, narrating their situation in Chabahar.

DFA said the embassy made immediate representations to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran and its regional office in Chabahar, as well as with immigration offices in both cities to obtain custody of the Filipino seamen.

An embassy team flew to Chabahar on April 23 and brought to Tehran the Filipino seamen the following day, April 24.

The Philippine embassy also informed the seamen’s manning agencies in Manila about their situation in Iran and brought to the latter’s attention their complaint of unpaid salaries and other benefits from their employer.

With constant representations at the Immigration Office in Tehran and through the Iranian government’s assistance, the processing of the two seamen’s exit clearances and other documentary requirements took only a day to complete, said the agency.

DFA said the two Filipino seamen stayed overnight at the embassy until they departed Iran for the Philippines early morning on April 26.

Source: PNA

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