SUAL, Pangasinan -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte will be here this afternoon for the ceremonial send off at 2 p.m. of the 17 Vietnamese fishermen back to their country.
The Vietnamese, identified as Tran Huu Trung, Bui Van Liem, Le Tien, Bui Van Luom, Huynh Hgoe Tuan, Le Than Trung, Tran Hoang Kim, Va An, Phan Haui Tuy, Nguger Van Phoung, Ngryan Dy Fuong, Vo Thien, Dinh Thien Son, Nguyen Gio, Hyunh Thanh Thang, Do Thenh Lai and Tran Huu Phuc, were caught illegally fishing in Ilocos Sur last September 28.
They were eventually charged with violation of the Philippine Fisheries Code.
After his visit in Vietnam, President Duterte ordered the release of the Vietnamese fishermen.
This will be the first visit of Duterte after he was elected president. His last visit here was on April 24 during the third presidential debate held at University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City.