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Three seafarers thank Benitez for helping in the rescue against mistreatment at work.

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Three seafarers — two from Bacolod and one from Murcia town — thanked former third district Cong. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez for taking part in their rescue from Fiji Islands back to Bacolod.

The seafarers — Bacolod residents Edwin Ursula, 27 and Richard Amar, 25 and Murcia town resident Nick Avelino, 24 — they were rescued right after their video went viral on social media calling as they called for help against the mistreatment by their fishing vessel’s management.

From L-R. Edwin Ursula of Granada Village Bacolod City, Richard Amar of Katilingban sub-village, Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City, and Nick Avelino of Minoyan Village, Murcia. | Photo by Rodney Jarder Jr.
From L-R. Edwin Ursula of Granada Village Bacolod City, Richard Amar of Katilingban sub-village, Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City, and Nick Avelino of Minoyan Village, Murcia. | Photo by Rodney Jarder Jr.

They said they have worked 22 hours a day contrary to what was agreed in their contract stating they should work only eight hours a day.

Amar said they barely even get enough sleep and had to work early in the morning everyday.

The Zhongshui vessel owned by a Chinese consists of six Filipinos including the three of them.

They said that the Benitez brothers helped them with their fare expenses back to Bacolod.

These three seafarers claimed to have not received even a single cent from their work given that they have not finished their first month yet.

Ursula, Amar and Avelino also asked for help to get any job available just so they could start again.

Mira Nicole Magbanua
Mira Nicole Magbanua
Nicole Magbanua is a voice artist, a fledgling journalist, and a driven young leader, out to maximize her full potential through a mic, a script, and her vocal chords.
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