By Billy Begas
The House of Representatives has adopted a resolution commending Filipino seafarers who rescued 86 refugees drifting for days in the Mediterranean Sea.
House Resolution 1897, principally authored by MARINO party-list Representatives Sandro Gonzalez and Macnell Lusotan was adopted during this year’s last session day of the House.
MV Fleur N, a container ship registered in Liberia and manned by an all Filipino crew was en route to Livorno, Italy, when they received information from the Augusta Italian Coast Navy that a vessel has been drifting in the Mediterranean Sea for days after experiencing engine failure and was in need of immediate rescue.
The all-Filipino crew wasted no time in responding to the call and rescued the refugees, who were weak due to lack of food and water.
The refugees were transported to the Augusta Port in Italy.
“The heroic deeds of the Filipino seafarers bring honor to our country as they personify the Filipinos’ trait of benevolence and resolute determination to help others in times of needs, and thus are remarkable and inspiring, worthy of emulation and utmost recognition, particularly from their own nation and people,” the resolution read.