The Department of Foreign Affairs continue to hope that the five Filipino seafarers, that have been reported missing two weeks ago, will still be rescued.
DFA Asst. Sec. Elmer Cato confirmed that the five missing Filipino seafarers are part of the 20 Filipino crew members of MV Sincerity Ace.
The crew allegedly abandoned their ship after it caught fire in the middle the sea near the shores of Hawaii.
The MV Sincerity, a Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel went ablaze on Dec. 31, while 1,800 nautical miles northwest of Oahu, from Japan. It was carrying 3,500 new cars.
According to the DFA Office of Migrant Workers Affairs, 16 Filipino seafarers have been rescued already by the United States Coast Guard and other merchant vessels, and have already gone back to the Philippines.
Meanwhile, the manning agency of the ship assured the DFA that they continue with their search and rescue operations for the remaining five missing seafarers.