DFA: 19 Pinoys detained in Mexico

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday disclosed that a total of 19 Filipino seafarers have been detained in Mexico over alleged violation of the country’s illegal drugs law.

In a statement, the DFA said that while the Filipinos were detained, no formal charges have been filed against the seafarers who were among the crew of Cypriot-flagged vessel UBC Savannah that docked in Altamira Port, Mexico on Sunday.

The Foreign Affairs department also noted that Philippine Embassy representatives have spoken to seven Filipinos who were “generally in good spirits” and added that “the Embassy is also in close coordination with both Mexican authorities and the law firm representing the ship’s crew.”

The agency also stressed that it was ready to provide assistance to the Filipino seafarers but said they would have to “face the legal consequences of their actions” should they be found guilty.

“The public is likewise reminded that the Philippine government, under the leadership of the President Rodrigo Duterte, expects all Filipinos to follow the laws of their countries of destination,” it said.

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