he Western Mindanao Command says it received distress calls from the Presidential Management Staff and other government agencies seeking assistance for a cargo vessel that was under pirate attack in Basilan waters

BASILAN, Philippines – Quick-thinking crewmembers of a cargo ship helped foil a seajacking attempt in Basilan waters on Friday night, February 16, by pouring hot water on pirates that tried to board their vessel.

Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr, Western Mindanao Command Commander, said on Saturday, February 17, lauded the crew of cargo ship M/V Kudos, which was in the vicinity of Coco and Sibago islands in Basilan late Friday when pirates launched the attack.

“We were pleased that the crew did not lose their presence of mind. Their raw courage enabled them to pour hot water to the pirates who were already attempting to climb the vessel,” Galvez said.

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