- Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol thanked the Vietnamese crew that rescued the Filipino fishermen
- He said that the Vietnamese fishers were poaching in the Reed Bank
- However, the Cabinet decided not to punish the Vietnamese crew
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol acknowledged the presence of Vietnamese fishermen after they rescued the 22 Filipino fishers in Recto Bank.
KAMI learned that the Vietnamese crew was poaching in the area, but the Cabinet members agreed not to punish them for the illegal act.
"We agreed that we should thank the Vietnamese vessel for aiding our fishermen,” Piñol said.
In a report by the GMA News (author Dona Magsino), Piñol gave thanks to the Vietnamese fishers for helping the local fishermen.
"They were actually poaching, including the Vietnamese that actually aided us. I'm sorry to say that.
"Salamat sa mga Vietnamese sa pagtulong pero you are not supposed to be there but thank God you were there. That was an illegal act that was actually providential," he added.
Meanwhile, Piñol also mentioned that the Chinese fishermen should face charges for abandoning the Filipino fishers.
"Dapat kasuhan talaga, unang-una kasalanan nila, iniwanan nila ang ating mga fishermen," he mentioned.
As previously reported by KAMI, the owner of the Vietnamese fishing vessel has spoken about the issue. Ngo Van Theng said that it was the first time that their ship was able to help a foreign vessel.
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