- 31 Pinoy fishermen received a warm welcome when they arrived in their mother country after being detained in Indonesia for illegal fishing
- The fishermen were given cash and other assistance upon arrival
- The DSWD would also provide them additional assistance
31 fishermen repatriated from Indonesia arrived in Davao City on Friday.
The fishermen, all natives of the Sarangani province, were previously arrested by Indonesian authorities for illegal fishing.
The fishermen’s freedom was secured by Eastmincom chief Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal in coordination with DFA when he attended a ceremony of the joint patrol exercises between the Philippines and Indonesia held in Manado in North Sulawesi a few months ago.
The fishermen sailed from Indonesia on April 13 aboard BRP Davao del Sur and were later transferred to the BFAR ship Lapu Lapu for quarantine.
According to Major Ezra Balagtey, spokesperson of the Eastern Mindanao Command, the 31 were welcomed by Secretary Bong Go, Lt. Gen. Madrigal and other military officials, representatives from the local government of Sarangani, DSWD, and the National Economic and Development Authority in Southern Mindanao.
The fishermen were given cash and other assistance upon their arrival. The DSWD would also provide them additional assistance when they return home.
However, there are still many Filipinos who remain detained in Indonesia after illegally entering, overstaying or fishing in Indonesian territories.
Bong Go will raise this concern to President Rodrigo Duterte so he can discuss the matters with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in an upcoming summit in Singapore next week.
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