PH Navy to send task group to Libya for kidnapped Filipinos


Posted at Aug 04 2018 03:39 PM

PH Navy to send task group to Libya for kidnapped Filipinos 1
This screen grab image taken from video released on August 1, 2018 and provided courtesy of the SITE Intelligence Group shows four hostages, one from South Korea and three from the Philippines. Handout via SITE Intelligence Group and Agence France-Presse

MANILA- The Philippine Navy said Saturday it would deploy a task group to Libya to help rescue three Filipinos kidnapped in the North African country.

The planned deployment comes after President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he was considering sending a ship to Libya.

"As your Philippine Navy completes the facts on the ground, it is also preparing for the deployment of a Naval Task Group to assist the Department of Foreign Affairs in the situation in Libya," the Philippine Navy said in a statement.

Three Filipino engineers and a South Korean were abducted in an attack on a water project site in western Libya last July 6.

The Philippine Navy said it is also planning for the "appropriate force package" as a response to the kidnapping incident.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque previously said efforts were being carried out to secure the release of the three Filipinos.

South Korea earlier this week said it deployed a warship to Libya to secure the release of its national kidnapped along with the three Filipinos.