My Google Page Rank

6 OFWs rescued from war-torn Libyan city

PDFPrintE-mail

In line with President Benigno S. Aquino III's mandate to ensure the safety of Filipinos in Libya and make sure no one is left behind, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario led a reaction team to pick up in Zitlin five Filipino nurses and one engineer who were earlier trapped in Misrata for 23 days, and brought them to Tripoli.

“The Department will continue to help Filipinos wanting to go out of Libya, and ensure their safety and welfare,” the DFA said.

Zitlin is the town closest to Misrata.

Del Rosario recounted that he, accompanied by Undersecretary Rafael Seguis and Ambassador Alejandrino Vicente, proceeded to Misrata and was a few kilometers away from the war-torn city when he was stopped by Libyan government forces from proceeding further due to heavy fighting in the area and radar detection of NATO aircraft approaching the city.

The six rescued Filipinos will join 28 others, including nine nurses recently brought out of Tripoli through the Tunisian border, who will fly out of Djerba on Monday (April 25).

The five Filipino nurses rescued along with Vincent Sanchez, an engineer, were Evangeline Garcia, Evjoalyn Calam, Catherine Galue, Valerie Joy Ventura and Celeste Cambangay. They were among the seven nurses working in National Oncology Institute in Misrata who were reported as having been abducted and listed as missing. The embassy is verifying the status of the two other nurses.

They recounted that in the morning of March 18, 2011, government forces stormed the area where they were residing and camped beside their residence, just across the street where opposition forces were stationed. What followed were days of non-stop fighting.

The Filipino workers were unable to leave because snipers from either side readily shot anyone seen on the street. In fact, one of the nurses was shot by a sniper, but was lucky that it was the powdered milk she was carrying that was hit.

Out of humanitarian compassion, the nurses risked their lives to treat the wounded soldiers. Garcia and Calam said that they had to break into an abandoned pharmacy across the street to get medicines and tools to treat and even perform surgical procedures on the casualties.

Because of their service, the Filipinos were transferred by government troops to a safer place. Twenty-three days later, they found themselves in Zlitin, the town closest to west of Misrata where they were rescued by embassy officials.

"We never expected na ililigtas kami. Gusto lang namin na maibigay sa embassy ang pangalan namin (We never expected to be rescued. We only wanted our names given to the embassy)," one of the nurses said when their group reached Zlitin.

Expressing gratitude for the government's help, another nurse said: "Never namin naisip na pinabayaan kami ng gobyerno, kasi desisyon namin mag-stay (We never thought that the government abandoned us. It was our decision to stay [in Misrata]."

About 100 Filipinos, including 13 nurses, are still in Misrata.

Out of 26,000 Filipinos, less than 2,000 have remained in Libya. Of this, an estimated 1,600 are nurses with dependents mostly in Tripoli.

This is the third time Del Rosario went to Libya. The first was on February 25, where he led a group of over 400 Filipinos to Tunisia. The second was on March 22, where he made a final call for Filipinos to leave Libya, while accompanying 33 Filipinos out of Tripoli. That time, he also met with a large group of nurses who expressed that they preferred to stay.

Del Rosario left for Libya, via Paris, on Tuesday. He returned to Manila Saturday night.

Before going to Misrata, Del Rosario met with two Libyan ministers to make representations for the safety and welfare of the remaining Filipinos in Libya.

During his meeting with Libyan Foreign Minister Adelati Obeidi, Del Rosario sought assistance in reaching the about 100 Filipinos in Misrata and bringing out those who wish to leave. Obeidi promised to enlist the help of personnel from the United Nations to get the Filipinos out of Misrata where fighting for control continues between government and opposition forces.

The DFA secretary also brought to the foreign minister's attention the case of the four Filipinas working in the household of Sahal Shareef, nephew of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who have reportedly expressed desire to go home. Obeidi assured Del Rosario that the four would be brought to the embassy to be asked whether they really would want to go home.

Del Rosario further requested if the government's financial institutions could offer a facility through which Filipinos in Libya can remit money to their families in the Philippines, and allow Filipinos to exchange their Libyan dinars to dollars.

The Libyan foreign minister aired the difficulty caused by the closure of international banking operations and by the freezing of Libyan government's assets, but promised to study the two requests.

The secretary also met with Libyan Health Minister Mohammed Hijaze, who confirmed that out of 23 nurses in Misrata, 13 are still there. (PNA)




Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Medical scholarship bill pass 2nd reading in Congress

21 Oct 2017 Hits:68 Be the first to comment!

The House of Representatives, through viva voce voting, recently approved on second reading, House Bill 6571 which seeks to establish a medical scholarship program to address the shortage of doctors in the country. Rep. Celso L. Lobregat, one of the authors of the measure, said the bill seeks to provide the institutional mechanism for the envisioned sustained human resource development of the Philippine public health care system. Lobregat said the government has acknowledged the reality that indeed, the country is facing an alarming shortage of medical doctors and other medical professionals. The solon said medical courses in the country are too costly that it has become beyond the reach of Filipino families, even to those belonging in the higher middle income class. “To make [...] Read more

Prev Next Page:

WestMinCom sends-off 1IB troops after liberation of Marawi

21 Oct 2017 Hits:72 Be the first to comment!

Army soldiers from the 1st Infantry Battalion (1IB) deployed to Marawi City to reinforce the soldiers there during the earlier stage of fighting are set to return to Luzon islands [...] Read more


ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA STRIKING BOWLERS

21 Oct 2017 Hits:47 Be the first to comment!

Este el Zamboanga Bowlers Association, Inc. que ya organiza el Zamboanga Hermosa  2017 , El Copa de Ciudad Triple Men & Ladies Open Invitational Bowling Tournament del Octubre 6-8, 2017 [...] Read more


ROLL THE BALL WITH JONG CARIAGA

20 Oct 2017 Hits:46 Be the first to comment!

·   OCT 21, 2017(Sat)  - 8:00 pm –BAROCCA  ALL       STARS –vs- BRT TIGERS At Golden Boys Gym - MARK BARROCA POST        FIESTA PILAR CELEBRATION ·  OCT 22, [...] Read more


19th Siargao National Surfing Cup Kicks

20 Oct 2017 Hits:55 Be the first to comment!

The first leg of the Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT), the 19th Siargao National Surfing Cup, kicked off yesterday with a total of 186 surfers from different regions in the [...] Read more


LA HERMOSA VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

15 Oct 2017 Hits:117 Be the first to comment!

Del Octubre 6, 2017 ya hace el opening del La Hermosa Invitational Volleyball Tournament na Zamboanga Trade School . Este el primer torneo de volleyball ya hace na Ciudad de [...] Read more


2017 ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA WEIGHT LIFTING OPEN COMPETITION

14 Oct 2017 Hits:89 Be the first to comment!

Oct. 7-8 2017 UZ IHK Campus,  Veterans , Zamboanga City GIRLS/WOMEN 12 yrs old & below 1ST PLACE  - RAMOS, ROSE JEAN        Mampang WC 2ND PLACE - HIPOLITO, JEANETH      [...] Read more


DEFENSIVE ARTIST... DEE JAY

08 Oct 2017 Hits:157 Be the first to comment!

Este si Abdulbasir Yasin Tamsilani, 50 años de edad , 5’11” el altor, residente de Campo Islam , Ciudad de Zamboanga. Su tata si Hji Tamsilani Mahamud . Su esposa [...] Read more


AMAZING WINGMAN…. MARK

07 Oct 2017 Hits:146 Be the first to comment!

Este si Mark Salcedo Capuy, su palayao “Duduy”, 29 años de edad, 6 ft el altor, residente de Luyahan , Ciudad de Zamboanga . Su mayores si Almario Alejandro Capuy [...] Read more


PSZCAA SWIMMING COMPETITION

01 Oct 2017 Hits:242 Be the first to comment!

Este el Resulta del  Private Schools of Zamboanga City Athletic Association (PSZCAA) swimming competition del September 9, 2017. El maga ganador del competition ay representa con el  PSZCAA na Triangular [...] Read more


DOST, NAST call for 2018 award nominations

30 Sep 2017 Hits:162 Be the first to comment!

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) are actively searching for possible nominees for various DOST and NAST awards. NAST, the highest [...] Read more


WMSU researches intensify promotion of rubber production in Zambo Peninsula

29 Sep 2017 Hits:229 Be the first to comment!

The region’s economic growth created greater capacity for consumption for different sections of the population. This has stimulated the demand for various products especially agricultural products, thus, generating the need [...] Read more


ONE OF ZAMBOANGA'S BEST COACH IN SWIMMING ... RENE

29 Sep 2017 Hits:190 Be the first to comment!

Este el istoria del persona que ya contribui su talento y tiempo para na maga swimmers de Zamboanga . Este si Rene Sta Teresa, head coach de Aqua Force , [...] Read more


Religious leaders renew call for peace education amid Marawi crisis

28 Sep 2017 Hits:307 Be the first to comment!

Filipino Religious leaders who attended the annual peace gathering in Rome, have vowed to advance the spread of peace education in all educational institutions to reach a common understanding and [...] Read more


UNIDO SWIMMING CLUBS DE ZAMBOANGA

28 Sep 2017 Hits:175 Be the first to comment!

Este el nuevo officers del ZCASA (Zamboanga City Amateur swimming Association) del September 15, 2017, President- Rustum Villanueva, Vice President- Dr. Omar Aranan jr, Secretary- Sherry Pengson, Treasurer- Kharen Bandolis [...] Read more


1,300 personnel to secure Zamboanga Hermosa Festival

27 Sep 2017 Hits:204 Be the first to comment!

Roughly around 1,300 security personnel are expected to be deployed all over Zamboanga City for the celebration of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival in October. Acting City Police Director, PSSupt. Neri Vincent [...] Read more


SCC BABY BULLDOGS... 2 CHAMPIONS

27 Sep 2017 Hits:174 Be the first to comment!

Este istoria ya revela canaton el coach Ednie Morones del dos teams que ya gana na torneo reciente lang ,el varsity team del Baby Bulldogs ya gana na torneo del [...] Read more


THE SPIDER MOVES OF JOWIE

25 Sep 2017 Hits:205 Be the first to comment!

Este si Jowie J. Natak , 44 años de edad , 5’ 9 el altor , anak di Nasal Natak y Remedios Jamie Natak que ta esta na Malayal Sibuco [...] Read more


BAP REGIONAL DIRECTOR R-9... REV. FR. JONATHAN DUCA

24 Sep 2017 Hits:172 Be the first to comment!

Este el istoria porcaosa del nuevo posicion que ya dale con Rev. Fr. Jonathan Duka y Omar Bowon, el dos cabesa pensante, que ya delega canila cuando ya atende sila [...] Read more