- Title: Five Filipino sailors freed by Somali pirates arrive in Manila
- Date: 28th October 2016
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (OCTOBER 28, 2016) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** PHILIPPINE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SECRETARY, PERFECTO YASAY, WALKING WITH FREED FILIPINO SAILORS CHEERING CROWD GREETING THE MEN WOMAN CRYING AS SHE HUGS SAILOR SAILORS HUGGING THEIR RELATIVES (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) FREED FILIPINO SAILOR, ARNELL BALBERO, SAYING: "I'm happy because we finally saw our families after four years and eight months (in captivity) and two of our crew dying." FILIPINO SAILORS RAISING FISTS FILIPINO SAILOR HUGGING MAN FILIPINO SAILOR HUGGING MOTHER (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) FREED FILIPINO SAILOR, ELMER BALBERO, SAYING: "In one day, we only ate twice. We rarely had dinner. We had to leave leftover from lunch so we could eat something for dinner. Sometimes we had to catch rats so we didn't starve." YASAY SPEAKING TO HOSTAGES AND FAMILIES (SOUNDBITE) (English) PHILIPPINE FOREIGN SECRETARY, PERFECTO YASAY, SAYING: "Five years is more than long enough and so now you're free to live with your families." VARIOUS OF FILIPINO SAILORS HUGGING YASAY
- Embargoed: 12th November 2016 13:06
- Keywords: Somali pirates seafarer Perfecto Yasay hostage Philippines Filipino sailors
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA00155X4OXX
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Five Filipino sailors who were held captive by Somali pirates for more than four years arrived in Manila on Friday (October 28).
The five men were among the 26 sailors from China, the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Taiwan who were freed by pirates off the coast of Seychelles on October 22.
The sailors were captured in March 2012 aboard an Omani-flagged vessel FV Naham 3 sailing through piracy-prone Seychelles.
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay was present along with the relatives of the sailors to greet them at Manila's international airport.
Yasay said the sailors will be given financial assistance to help them start again and return to their provinces.
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