By Roy Mabasa
The Philippine Embassy in Pretoria has confirmed that three of the five Filipino seafarers who were involved in a brawl with Indonesian seamen in Cape Town last Friday remain in the intensive care unit of a hospital in that port city in South Africa.
In a report sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Ambassador to South Africa Joseph Gerald Angeles said the five Filipinos actually sustained serious injuries but three of them are still in the ICU of an unnamed hospital in Cape Town where they were taken for treatment after the incident.
The report, which was released by the DFA on Monday, did not contain the names of the injured Filipino seafarers.
According to Angeles, Philippine Honorary Consul in Cape Town Steven Chaimowitz has already visited the injured Filipino seafarers and will be meeting with local agents to determine how the Philippine government could extend help.
While no other details about the incident were immediately made available, the Philippine envoy, however, said the Embassy’s priority at the moment is to make sure the five injured seafarers are properly assisted.