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Filipinos & Piracy December 19, 2011

Posted by Chris Mark in Piracy & Maritime Security, Uncategorized.
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BBC News published a story relaying the heavy toll that piracy takes on the Philippines.  According to the report, fully 1/3 of the Worlds’ seafarers are from the Philippines.  This means that every time a ship is hijacked it is highly likely that Filipino sailors will be involved in some manner.  “Every time there’s a report of a ship hijacked off the coast of Somalia, almost always there’s a Filipino involved,” admits Deputy Foreign Minister Esteban Conejos.  The comment continues: “Since 2006, a total of 748 Filipinos, in 61 vessels, have been hijacked in this way.”

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