11 of 13 missing Pinoys in Beirut accounted for

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said all 13 Filipino seafarers of MV Orient Queen, 11 of whom were earlier report to have been missing following the twin explosion at the Port of Beirut are safe and accounted for.

However, another missing Filipino, a household service worker who was reported missing after blast has yet to be located.

"Our Embassy in Beirut has ascertained the conditions of all the 13 Filipino seafarers who were injured in the blasts that rocked the city recently," Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said.

Philippine Embassy Beirut Charge d'affaires Ajeet Panemanglor for his part said "Sa ngayon meron pa ring isang nawawala, ginagawa po namin ang lahat para malaman kung nasan siya ngayon. Ang team ng Embassy ay patuloy na naghahanap. Kinokontak po namin ang lahat ng ospital para malaman namin kung siya ay admitted sa isa sa mga ito. Sa ngayon hindi pa siya nahahanap."

Panemanglor earlier visited eight of the seafarers staying at the company accommodations.

Five of the seafarers were at the hospital for another medical checkup when Philippine Embassy officials arrived on Wednesday.

Another visit is scheduled on Thursday to meet the remaining mariners.

The Filipino seafarers are cruise members of the significantly damaged cruise ship MV Orient Queen, which was docked in the port of Beirut after her 21-day voyage from Saudi Arabia.