Three Filipino nurses were reportedly abducted in Libya and are missing, the Filipino migrant sectoral group Migrante said on Thursday.
Migrante Vice Chairman John Leonard Monterona said he received information about the abduction from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Libya.
Two of the nurses are women and the third a man, Monterona said.
They were allegedly abducted in a Libyan city about 1,500 kilometers from Tripoli, the Libyan capital, on the night of July 9.
Monterona said the three work in a well-known medical clinic named Al-Sebha, which has several branches all over Libya.
“At the moment, I can’t reveal their names for security reasons and besides their families were not yet properly informed,” he said.
Monterona said the nurses left their living quarters to buy food, water, a laptop charger, and cell phone. They took a taxi cab to the city where they could buy the provisions.
About two hours later they flagged down a cab for the trip back to their quarters.
The cab driver brought them to an unfamiliar place, Monterona, said, quoting concerned OFWs.
Fearing for their own safety, seven colleagues of the nurses asked to be transferred to Tripoli.
“We call on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to verify this report. Or if they have already received information about the abduction of three nurses, it should immediately arrange to dispatch a quick reaction team,” Monterona said.
Libyan authorities should also be properly alerted, Monterona urged the DFA.
“Philippine embassy and labor officials in Libya should immediately talk to the employer-sponsor of the three allegedly abducted, and for the other seven OFWs nurses to arrange their transfer from their Sebha job site to Tripoli, the latter being relatively peaceful now,” Monterona said.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO