41 Pinoy fishers stranded in Indonesia arrive

FORTY-ONE Filipino fishers stranded for months in Indonesia arrived in the city yesterday on board Barko ng Pilipinas (BRP) Ramon Alcaraz (FF16).

Lt. James Reyes, the spokesperson of Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM), said the BRP docked at Sasa wharf at 8:30 a.m. yesterday bringing the repatriated fishers.

Reyes said most of the fishers, five are females, were stranded in Indonesia for months. Some, he said, stayed for a year.

Majority of the fishers drifted into the waters of Indonesia after their fishing boats were destroyed by waves, Reyes said.

Ten of the fishers are from Davao region – three from Davao Oriental, three from Davao del Sur, two from Davao del Norte and two from this city.

Most are from the province of Sarangani with 13.

The others are from Zamboanga del Sur (6), Bongao in Tawitawi (6), General Santos City (3), South Cotabato (2) and Cabalyan, Leyte (1).

A ceremony was conducted led by Brig. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, deputy commander of the Army’s Eastern Mindanao Command, during their arrival.