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5 Pinoys freed by Somali pirates to return to PH Oct. 28

The five Filipino crew of Naham 3 who were recently freed along with 21 other seafarers after being held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years are scheduled to return home on October 28, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced Monday, October 24.

Sailors who had been held hostage by pirates for more than four years, wait to board an airplane after being released in Galkayo, Somalia Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. A Somali pirate said Saturday that 26 Asian sailors held hostage for more than four years have been released after a ransom was paid, and international mediators said it "represents the end of captivity for the last remaining seafarers taken hostage during the height of Somali piracy." (AP Photo) Manila Bulletin

Sailors who had been held hostage by pirates for more than four years, wait to board an airplane after being released in Galkayo, Somalia Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. A Somali pirate said Saturday that 26 Asian sailors held hostage for more than four years have been released after a ransom was paid, and international mediators said it “represents the end of captivity for the last remaining seafarers taken hostage during the height of Somali piracy.” (AP Photo) Manila Bulletin

Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said the Filipino seafarers already arrived in in Nairobi, Kenya Monday and were met by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jesus Yabes and other officers of the Philippine Embassy in Nairobi.

Jose said the Filipinos will undergo medical test and psychological debriefing before they travel back to the Philippines.

The crew of the Omani-flagged fishing vessel Naham 3 were taken captive in March 2012 south of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

According to Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), there were a total of 29 crew members who were initially taken as hostages. However, one of them died during the hijacking while two others “succumbed to illness” while in captivity.

Yasay said the release of the hostages was made possible through negotiations undertaken by the Hostage Support Partners (HSP).

Aside from Filipinos, sailors from China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Taiwan were among the hostages.

Read more: ‘We ate rats,’ says Pinoy among 26 freed by Somali pirates