The Philippine government is working to secure the release of five Filipino migrant workers who were kidnapped in Libya and Iraq.

In early July, three Filipino technicians in Libya were kidnapped by armed men, and in Iraq two Filipino women who were on their way to Baghdad were snatched in the Uzem District south of Kirkuk, Manila Bulletin reported.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on July 8 that the two Filipinas had escaped their captors and had been rescued by the Kuwaiti police. However, there have been no updates on the fate of the two women, and the whereabouts of the three men in Libya remains unknown.

Jun Alonto-Datu Ramos, spokesperson of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), said that Secretary Abdullah Mamao, presidential adviser on overseas Filipino migrant workers and Muslim concerns and concurrent special envoy to Kuwait, flew to Kuwait on August 21 to negotiate the release of the two Filipinas from the police.

Mamao will later head to Libya to seek the release of the three technicians. According to the DFA, another foreign worker and four Libyans were also kidnapped, but later released. The three Filipinos reportedly remain in captivity.

Media reports did not disclose the identities of the victims.

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