Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Subic, Zambales. Zambales vice governor Ramon G. Lacbain II appeals to secretary Alberto Romulo of the Department of Foreign Affairs to intervene in the immediate release of seven fishermen who are now being held in a hotel at Phuyen City in Vietnam since March 9, 2006 after they were found by a Vietnamese ship on top on their capcized and damaged fishing boat F/B JR Rodel 3 along the territorial waters of Vietnam.

Lacbain who is a resident of Subic, Zambales said that these fishermen are all his townmates from barangay Calapandayan which include Ian Jasper Tabio, 24; Harold Evangelista, 26; Efren Taytay, 35; Norman Rentillo, 29; Judy dela Cruz, 24; Jerry dela Cruz, 28 and Joffry Gobalani, 28.

These fishermen left Subic last February 22 to go on fishing at Red Bank Island in Palawan but they were carried away to Vietnam due to bad weather condition. They have been floating on top of their capsized and damaged fishing boat since March 3, 2006 until they were rescued by crews of a Vietnamese ship in the evening of March 9, 2006.

"The wives of these fishermen came to my office and said that Loie Vicente received a call from his nephew Ian Tabios telling that they safe and curently billited in a hotel in Phuyen City, Vietnam. But they are being held because of their mounting hotel bills and alleges that they are being asked to pay US5,000.00" for their rescue.

I wish these allegations for such payments are not true. How can we expect these fishermen to settle their hotel bills and to pay for their rescue? So I am calling on our government authorities at the Philippine Embassy in Vietnam and also the Department of Foreign Affairs headed by secretary Romulo to do their best to help our countrymen" , according to Lacbain.

Vice governor Lacbain yesterday sent an official letter to secretary Romulo appealling in behalf of the families of the victims to order the Philippine Embassy in Vietnam facilitate the return of these fishermen to Subic, Zambales since their families are now worried.


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