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PH exerting effort to ensure safety of Pinoys kidnapped in Libya: DFA

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday confirmed that three of the four men in a video calling for assistance from Libya were Filipino technicians abducted by an unidentified armed group last month.

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, who are foreign employees of an engineering company in Tripoli, pictured sitting in the desert at an undisclosed location, according to SITE. Seoul said on August 2 it had deployed a warship to Libya in an apparent show of force to secure the release of a South Korean national kidnapped along with three Filipinos in the North African country. AFP (Handout /AFP/SITE Intelligence group/MANILA BULLETIN)

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, who are foreign employees of an engineering company in Tripoli, pictured sitting in the desert at an undisclosed location, according to SITE. (Handout /AFP/SITE Intelligence group/MANILA BULLETIN)

“We have seen the video, and the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli confirmed that indeed’ yong tatlong lalaki na nandoon sa video were the three Filipino technicians kidnapped last month,” DFA Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Elmer Cato told reporters in an interview.

At the same time, he said the government is doing its best to ensure the safety and release of the Filipinos.

“We are glad to see them alive and safe. We’d like to assure their families that we’re doing everything we can to ensure their safe and early release,” he added.

On Thursday morning, a video circulated on social media, in which four men asked their governments for help. One of whom identified himself as a South Korean and the other three as Filipinos, who were working on a water supply project.

The kidnapping was reported a month ago by the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli.

According to Chargé D’affaires Mardomel Melicor, the perpetrators entered the victims’ construction site, located 500 kilometers from the capital, and took five foreigners and four Libyans from their quarters.

The armed men later released one of the foreign workers and all the Libyans.

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