THE 23 fishermen from Mindanao who reached Negros Island Region in the past days returned to Zamboanga del Norte after they signed an affidavit of undertaking.
Lieutenant Senior Grade Jimmy Vingno, chief of Philippine Coast Guard in Bacolod City, said the four fishermen from Dapitan City, who were seen in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Monday, June 19, were advised to go home after they were profiled by the police.
The fishermen on board a fishing vessel reached Sipalay City as they were supposed to go fishing before going to Oriental Mindoro.
They have no pertinent documents, but they were allowed to go home Tuesday, June 20, a day after authorities checked their identifications and did not see any threats.
In Negros Oriental, 19 fishermen on board F/B Hermen from Sindangan town, Zamboanga del Norte were also seen in the sea waters of Bayawan City last Saturday, June 17.
Police Officer 2 Jerry Manguilimutan, investigator of Bayawan City Police Station, said the fishermen left Sindangan port around 8 p.m. on the same day to go fishing, and eventually reached the Negros waters after they were carried by strong winds.
Around 5 a.m. the following day, authorities intercepted them.
After the investigation, police discovered that the vessel headed by crew captain Clark Junfrin Ladiana is owned by Sindangan Municipal Councilor Herbal Abapo.
The group was endorsed to the Coast Guard, and they were also allowed to leave Bayawan City Sunday afternoon.