Eleven Bangladeshi sailors have been stranded at a Philippines port for more than one and a half months after they were detained in mid-April, Agencies report.
Bangladesh foreign ministry officials on Sunday told Prothom Alo that on 15 April last, the Philippines navy challenged a ship of the Bangladeshi sailors while they were unloading rice in Mindanao Island. At one stage, the Philippines navy caught them and confined them at Zamboanga port.
An official at the Bangladesh embassy in Manila said the Bangladeshi sailors are still staying on the ship. Efforts are there to free them, the official said.
As the Bangladeshis failed show passport, the official added, it has now been an issue of immigration.
The sailors are quoted to have said their papers were kept to the captain of the ship. They had nothing to do without complying with the directive from the high-ups.
The Bangladesh embassy has meanwhile made a request to the Philippines authorities to consider the release of the Bangladeshis, the embassy officials added.
One of the embassy officials confirmed that the sailors are physically well and the embassy authorities are providing them foods, water and other supports.