Two survivors of the “M/V Gulf Livestock 1” that capsized off Japan will be home today, Saturday, the Labor department said Friday.
Chief Officer Eduardo Sareno and A/B Jay-nel Rosales would be flying home via Philippine Airlines from the Narita Airport and arriving in Manila at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Labor Attache Elizabeth Marie Estrada of the Philippine Labor Office in Osaka told Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
The “M/V Gulf Livestock 1” was a Panamanian-flagged vessel owned by Gulf Navigation Holding based in the United Arab Emirates. It sank early this month after its engines quit following a typhoon in Southern Japan.
The cargo vessel had a 43-man crew: 39 Filipinos, two Australians and two New Zealanders.
The vessel was loaded with 5,867 heads of cattle when it left New Zealand on Aug. 14 for the Port of Jingtan in Tangshan, China. It was expected to reach Jingtan on Sept. 3.
The last communication received from the vessel was a distress call in the early morning of Sept. 2 to the Japan Coast Guard at the Amami Ooshima Island in Kagoshima prefecture.
Chief Officer Sareno was rescued by the Japan Coast Guard in the morning of Sept. 3, while Rosales was rescued in the afternoon of Sept. 6. Both were confined at the Kagoshima-ken Kenritsu Ooshima Hospital and were later transferred to the Hotel New Amami while waiting for their repatriation to the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Friday slammed the allegations that Japan had stopped its search for the 36 Filipino seafarers who remain missing.
He said his department was coordinating with the Japanese government to find the missing Filipinos.
“The Japanese government and ambassador and I are on this and Japan did not cease its search that Saturday but had in fact continued it against protocol,” Locsin said in a Twitter post.
“On the other hand, I refuse to ask other Asian powers to join in the search because that is an attack on the sovereignty of Japan.”
Locsin made his statement after Senator Risa Hontiveros sent him a letter asking him to convince Japan to resume and expand its search operations, and to allow other countries to join the search.