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Locsin: No ransom paid for release of kidnapped Filipinos in Libya

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May. 20, 19 | 12:57 pm

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. said no ransom was paid for the release of the three Filipino and Korean engineers who were kidnapped in Libya in July 2018.

Locsin took to his Twitter account to clarify that no money was involved in the release of the captives.

“No money passed. Not a friggin’ cent. What we had was far better; what we had and have forever were old friends abroad to help,” Locsin said.

“Even Korea dismissed the 14 million euro suggested. In the end, old friends pulled it off. If anyone claims reimbursement for ransom, he claims to have advanced, I will wipe out his village,” he added.

Locsin’s statement came after reports that some quarters paid ransom to the abductors.

The three Filipinos have arrived home in the Philippines on May 18. They arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on board Philippine Airline Flight 0659 and was accompanied by Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Hjayceelyn Quintana.

Locsin happily welcomed the Filipinos, saying, “I told them the president would have strung me up if they did not come back safe. They said they knew he was watching over them.”

He also said he was happy to see the captives alive.

“We are glad that we are able to bring them home alive and safe to their families. These Filipinos coming home to their families are living proof that the Department of Foreign Affairs will never leave a Filipino in danger behind,” he said.

The DFA, through the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs, shouldered the airline tickets to Manila and provided cash assistance.

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