Filipino nurses rescued after Libya abduction

Paterno Esmaquel II
The Philippine ambassador to Libya is working 'to secure better security' for OFWs there, the DFA says

SECURE BETTER SECURITY. Following the rescue of three Filipino nurses abducted in Libya, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) called for better security for overseas Filipino workers in Libya.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday, July 12, confirmed the abduction of 3 Filipino nurses in Libya, whom authorities all rescued two hours after a Libyan male abducted them.

DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said the information came from Philippine Ambassador to Libya Oscar Orcine.

Hernandez said Orcine is now awaiting the official report of the Libyan police, and will relay the matter to Libya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs “to secure better security” for overseas Filipino workers in Libya.

In a text message, Hernandez said a Libyan male abducted one female and two male Filipino nurses last Monday, July 8, at about 9 pm in downtown Sebha. The abductor brought them to an isolated area at the outskirts of the city.

The male nurse escaped at 10 pm, and asked for help from a Libyan family, who then called in the police.

Police rescued the two other nurses at 11:15 pm, and brought all 3 to the police station for debriefing, according to Hernandez.

The group Migrante said the abducted nurses’ colleagues have requested their “immediate transfer” to Tripoli from Sebha, even before the abduction happened.

Migrante vice chairman John Leonard Monterona said the Philippine embassy and labor officials should help arrange for their transfer to Tripoli, which is “relatively peaceful now.” – Rappler.com

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Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.