By Yas D. Ocampo
Davao City – Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go said he will be personally following through with the government assistance that will be extended to the 31 Filipinos who were repatriated from Indonesia and arrived in Davao City Friday.
For his part, Go has also provided aid for the repatriated Filipinos, most of whom are fishermen who were apprehended while fishing in the waters of Indonesia.
The others were apprehended in Indonesia because of immigration issues, such as illegal entry or overstaying.
The Filipino repatriates are from Zamboanga, South Cotabato and Davao City, the Presidential Communications Office said.
In coordination with the Ministry of Law and Human Rights in North Sulawesi, Immigration Offices in Bitung, Tarakan, Balikpapan and Manado, the repatriated Filipinos left the Indonesian Navy wharf in Bitung on April 13, and arrived in Davao City yesterday aboard the Philippine Navy ship BRP Lapu Lapu as part of the conduct of its PH-RI Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) Exercises.
Last week, the Eastern Mindanao Command said the repatriated Filipinos were taken back to the country aboard the BRP Davao del Sur.
The repatriates were then transferred to the BRP Lapu-Lapu at the Sarangani port before the final leg of the journey home to Davao City.
Eight were caught drifting towards Indonesian waters, while eight were caught illegally fishing.
Some 11 were apprehended and detained for illegal entry into Indonesia.