President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday promised Vietnam a quick review of the poaching cases filed by the Philippines against 32 Vietnamese fishermen caught fishing within Philippine waters.
In a statement, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Secretary Ramon Carandang said the President made the promise to Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet during the two-leaders’ meeting at the Presidential Palace here.
President Aquino, according to Carandang, vowed an expeditious probe of the case but stressed it would to be done “in accordance with Philippine laws.”
“The Vietnamese asked for the release of the 32 fishermen arrested in the Philippines for fishing in our territory,” Carandang said.
“The President promised a quick review of the case in accordance with our laws. He said that 11 of the fishermen had already been freed,” he added. (PNA)