Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte with representatives of the Government and the Philippines’ Pangasinan Province were present at the send-off ceremony.
President Duterte remarked that pursuant to the request from Vietnamese high-ranking leaders and the humanitarian spirit and friendly relations between the two countries, the Philippine Government has completed all necessary procedures to return the Vietnamese fishermen and their fishing vessel coded PY-96173-TS.
For his part, Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan thanked President Durerte, the Philippine Government and local authorities for their support in repatriating these fishermen to their home country.
The Philippines coast guard led the fishing vessel to international waters where it began the journey back to Vietnam. Earlier on October 7, two bodies of Vietnamese fishermen on board the fishing vessel were handed to the Vietnamese side.