PANGASINAN -- President Rodrigo Duterte led Wednesday the release of 17 Vietnamese fishermen here at the Sual Sea Wharf and Causeway Area to return to their country after entering the Philippine waters.
In his keynote speech, Duterte expressed gratitude that he was able to officiate the send-off for the arrested Vietnamese fishermen.
"I am very happy to send our fellow human beings here. That's the most important among all others," the President said.
Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, who was also present on the send-off, wished the Vietnamese nationals a "safe trip" as they go back to Vietnam.
"I bid our 17 fishermen good luck and Godspeed on their journey home. We wish you a happy reunion with your families and friends," Taguiwalo said.