By MB Online
Foreign secretary Teodoro “Teddy” Locsin Jr. said on Monday that he has the greatest trust in Iranian justice.
“As secretary of Foreign Affairs, I have the greatest trust in Iranian justice… Iran has always cared for Filipinos in Iran,” Locsin said in a tweet.
This was after reports that a tugboat manned by Filipino crew has been seized in the Persian Gulf over alleged oil smuggling.
Reports said that 12 Filipinos from the crew were detained after the country’s coast guard seized a foreign tugboat and busted a supposed “fuel-smuggling ring” in the strait. The tugboat was suspected of carrying nearly 284,000 liters of diesel when it was seized near the Strait of Hormuz.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier said that the Philippine embassy in Iran is still seeking further updates on the seafarers’ condition and stands ready to provide assistance when needed.