Ten Filipinos arrested in Indonesia returned home over the weekend after being held for illegal fishing and illegal entry.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) welcomed the Filipinos who were released from their incarceration in Manado, Indonesia.
EastMinCom chief Lt. Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. and DFA Mindanao Assistant Secretary Uriel Norman Garibay received the Filipinos in Sasa Wharf, Panacan in Davao City on Saturday noon, according to EastMinCom spokesman Lt. Col. Ezra Balagtey.
The 10 Filipinos, who mostly reside in General Santos City and some in Sarangani, sailed to Sasa Wharf aboard the BRP Emilio Jacinto, where they were quarantined.
Balagtey told The Manila Times that one of the 10 repatriated Filipinos was arrested last year, while the rest were accosted this year.
The repatriated Filipinos were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for “processing and assistance prior to their return to their communities.”
Indonesia is known for its strong assertion of its rights over its maritime territories.