CONVINCE JAPAN TO CONTINUE SEARCH FOR 36 MISSING PINOY SEAFARERS- HONTIVEROS TO DFA
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to convince Japan to resume the search and rescue operations for 36 Filipino seafarers and their colleagues who went missing after a cattle ship sank in the East China Sea over two weeks ago.
Citing the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea, Safety of Life at Sea Convention, and International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue 1979, Hontiveros said there is a “legal obligation to provide assistance to those who are in distress on the high seas.”
On Thursday, families of the missing Filipino seafarers urged authorities to resume a massive search effort, after Japan’s coast guard suspended its rescue operations due to bad weather on September 5.
The ill-fated vessel Gulf Livestock 1 from Napier Port in New Zealand was bound for China and was carrying nearly 6,000 cattle when it sank on September 2 after Typhoon Maysak struck at sea.
Of the ship’s 43 crew, three were rescued — all Filipinos — but one later died after being found unconscious. Thirty-six Filipinos, two New Zealanders, and two Australians are missing.