Remains of Pinoy seafarer from Nigeria to arrive soon

Posted at 02/11/13 4:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The remains of a Filipino seaman killed in a hijacking incident in Nigeria will soon be brought home, an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez told reporters in a briefing that the necessary documentation is just being completed.

“The remains of the Filipino seaman will be repatriated maybe this week or next week,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Filipinos who survived the incident will be brought back to the Philippines “as soon as their replacements arrive,” Hernandez said.

The Filipino victim was killed on board the chemical tanker Pyxis Delta by a pirate in Nigeria last week. He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

The tanker, which was hijacked on February 4 off Nigeria's coast, had eight other Filipino crew members.