MANILA – The Philippine government is working to secure the release of 12 Filipino crew of an offshore supply ship seized by Iran on September 7 over alleged fuel smuggling.
“The embassy is making every effort to secure the release of the seafarers and is making all the required representation with the Iranian government to ensure their safety and well-being,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.
The DFA added the embassy in Tehran is closely monitoring the detained Filipino crew of Al Buraq 1.
It added that Ambassador to Iran Wilfredo C. Santos, accompanied by other embassy officials, flew from Tehran to Hormozgan province near the Persian Gulf to personally see the crew and ascertain their condition.
This, after the embassy was granted permission to visit the detained Filipino crew.
“The 12 Filipino seafarers are in good spirits and are being treated well while under detention,” the DFA said.