DFA: 3 abducted Pinoy nurses in Libya rescued

Posted at 07/12/2013 11:20 AM | Updated as of 07/12/2013 12:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday said three Filipino nurses abducted in Sebha, Libya have been rescued. 

In a text message to reporters, DFA Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said the nurses were rescued after one managed to escape and seek help. 

"The nurses were reportedly shaken but unharmed," he said. 

According to the report of Philippine Ambassador to Tripoli Oscar Orcine, one female and two male Filipino nurses were abducted at around 9 p.m. on July 8 in downtown Sebha by a male Libyan. 

They were driven to an isolated area at the outskirts of the city.

"At about 10 p.m., one male nurse was able to escape and sought help from a Libyan family who called in the police. At 11:15 p.m., the other 2 nurses were traced and rescued, then all 3 nurses brought to the police station for debriefing," Hernandez said. 

The abduction was witnessed by the nurses' frequent Libyan taxi driver, who then informed their other colleagues in the hospital who in turn informed the Ambassador. Ocine also sought help from the police. 

Hernandez said the nurses will be going to Tripoli to rest, while Ambassador Orcine will bring the matter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure better security for Filipinos in the country.