The Association of Marine Officers and Ratings (AMOR) has protested the killing of Filipino seafarers by the Somali pirates.
In a statement, AMOR said the whole Filipino seafaring sector mourns the recent killing of Bosun Farolito Vallega, 48, by Somali pirates.
A cook, Elviro Salazar, 26, was also reported missing and presumed dead.. The pirates had held captive the other crew of M/V Beluga Nomination from the Philippines and East European nations and their fate are still uncertain.
“The killing of Vallega is the first incident in history of seafaring in the Philippines. It should be noted that Vallega has been onboard to work and earn a decent living for his family. That he was gunned down without mercy is cruelty in the highest level as they killed a father and a model seafarer.”
The group said they are concern with the safety of other seafarer hostages, who at the last count, numbered to 155 according to a report.
AMOR has asked the Department of Labor, Department of Foreign Affairs to name the 155 hostages held captive by the Somali pirates.
They also said that Vallega’s killing is a very sad story not only for his family but for all Filipinos as well.
“Vallega represents the Filipino seafarers who had been onboard ocean-going vessels for years now.”
The Philippines is world’s biggest supplier of seafarers which numbered 370,000 or 28 percent of the world’s fleet.
“We can not allow further killing of our helpless seafarers. Governments must do their best to coordinate with other nations to stop the pirates from harming or killing our seafarers,” AMOR said.
“We have reached this far in seafarer supply because we are the best in the world. But, being the best should not mean our seafarers getting killed. We must be vigilant and we must be resolved to stop the pirates before they kill our seafarers.”