Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he might send the navy’s most modern frigate to waters off Libya in a bid to “save” three Filipinos and a South Korean kidnapped last month from a water plant in the north African country.
South Korea redirected a vessel taking part in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden to help release four men taken almost a month ago, according to news agency Yonhap.
Duterte said he might do the same and would raise the issue at a regular meeting of his top military and police commanders.
“If they start hurting those three Filipinos, I will bring a frigate there, I am not kidding,” he said in a speech.
The men were taken near Ishwirif by an unknown armed group.
Video footage appeared on social media of the four confirming their names and nationalities and appealing to their presidents for help.
Various armed groups, including Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, have a presence in Libya. Risks for foreign workers have been high due to insecurity in much of the country in the years following a 2011 uprising.