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Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., confirmed that there was no ransom money compensated in exchange the freedom of three Filipino engineers who were kidnapped in Libya.

The victims were held captive, with a South Korean colleague, by armed men from the project side of the Great Man-Made River Project in Libya in 2018.

“No money passed. Not a friggin’ cent. What we had was far better; what we had and have forever were old friends abroad to help,” Locsin tweeted.

They were accompanied by Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Hjayceelyn Quintana. They arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.

The airline tickets and cash assistance were provided by DFA through Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs.

However, Locsin said that people should forget the consequences the perpetrators should face and he was ecstatic that the victims were already repatriated.

Locsin refused to take credit for the release of the Filipinos thus, he gave thanks to the countries who extended their help regarding the matter. (with reports from Bombo Jovino Galang)