By Rafael Alonso
PNoy News, Tuesday, August 27, 2011
The Philippine Embassy in Hanoi reported that Philippine fishing vessels rescued 12 Vietnamese fishermen on July 28 on the watres of Palawan. Their boat had capsized previously while fishing.
Philippine Navy Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Edgar Abogado informed Vietnam People's Navy Commander Chief Vice Admiral Nguyen Van Hien that the rescued fishermen were taken to Camp General Artemio Ricarto Station Hospital for medical check-up and treatment. Four of the 12 Vietnamese fishermen obtained minor injuries while the rest are in good health.
At present, the 12 Vietnamese fishermen are under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Immigration, the government agency in charge of their disposition.
The Philippine Navy is coordinating with the said agency and the Vietnamese Defense Attache to the Philippines for whatever necessary assistance which can be provided for the fishermen and for their repatriation.