Two Filipino fishermen who escaped their vessel after supposedly experiencing maltreatment were rescued by Vietnamese Navy on an island in West Philippine Sea.
Conrigal Mandarcos, 30, and Reynante Mandarcos, 34, both residents of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, said they jumped inot the sea and swam to the nearest island to escape abuse.
The Vietnamese Navy stationed in Son Ca Island (Sand Cay) rescued the two fishermen on February 8 and transported them to Parola Island, one of the Philippine-occupied islands in West Philippine Sea, on February 18.
They were eventually turned over to the Philippine Navy.
The two fishermen were taken in Headquarters Naval Forces West (NavForWest) and were assisted as they underwent physical and medical assessment. Results showed that they were in good physical condition.
On Monday, the two were sen home escorted by Navy personnel. —Joviland Rita/KBK, GMA News