SUAL, PANGASINAN: President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday led the sending off of 17 Vietnamese fishermen apprehended for poaching onboard three commercial fishing vessels 21 nautical miles off Ilocos Sur two months ago.
“I am very happy that I’m here to send off my fellow human beings,” the President said in his speech during the ceremonial send off.
After his trip to Vietnam on September 28 to 29, Duterte ordered Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd to expedite the release of the Vietnamese fishermen.
Aguirre said their release was an act of goodwill. In return, Vietnam vowed to help maintain the country’s rice stock.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE