Pinoy seamen say jobs outweigh pirate worries

MANILA – More Filipinos than any other nationality are held hostage by Somali pirates, but there was no dearth of seafarers looking for jobs on Monday in Manila despite the threat of more confrontations.

With dozens of cargo vessels anchored empty and idle in most ports around Asia because of the financial crisis, hundreds of sailors were gathered at the city’s Luneta park, which functions as a recruitment centre for seafarers.

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