By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

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MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday condemned the Houthi attack on the merchant vessel MV Tutor sailing on the Red Sea.

In a statement, the DFA confirmed that the Greek-owned but Liberian-flagged ship was carrying Filipino crew when it was struck by a Houthi unmanned surface vessel (USV) on June 12.

The department has yet to provide a specific number of Filipino nationals on board.

“The Philippine government will take all necessary measures to secure the safety and well-being of the Filipino crew on board and ensure justice,” it said.

“We call on all UN member states to protect the human rights of seafarers. We remain steadfast in ensuring the safety and welfare of all Filipino seafarers worldwide.”

The United States Central Command reported on Thursday that the vessel “most recently docked in Russia.”

The impact of the USV, it said, caused severe flooding and damage to the engine room. (PNA)