MALACAÑANG on Friday announced that two Filipino fishermen had been rescued near the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal by the Chinese Coast Guard and transferred to a Philippine vessel.
“The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) coordinated with the Chinese Coast Guard to help in the search operations. Last night the PCG received information that our fishermen had been rescued and the Chinese Coast Guard successfully transferred the two Filipino fishermen to the BRP Tubbataha this afternoon,” the Palace said in a statement.
“We thank the Chinese Coast Guard for the assistance. This act demonstrates that the Philippines-China relationship is now back on friendly footing after the recent successful visit of President Duterte to China, and we expect the ties between the two countries to further improve in the years ahead,” it added.