LINGAYEN — The five Pangasinense fishermen rescued by the passing Chinese ship off the South China Sea are already home in Barangay Cato, Infanta.
Last Thursday morning, relatives of fishermen Wilson Etac, Israel Dumas, David Querubin, Ariel delos Angeles, and Jimmy Bajar traveled to Manila to welcome them at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).
They were accompanied by Deputy Provincial Director for Operation Michael Nicolas. They traveled on board a provincial Capitol bus.
Provincial Information Officer Butch Velasco said the fishermen were to arrive from Beijing, China at 5 p.m. Thursday on board a Philippine Airline.
The five fishermen, together with four others who are still missing until Thursday afternoon, left for Scarborough Shoal aboard the fishing boat Four Sisters on May 1.
Their relatives became worried and reported them missing after they failed to return home after Typhoon Emong hit western Pangasinan.
From the information released by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the fishermen were rescued on May 20 by the Chinese shipping vessel Hebei Shenyong.
The ship officials reported this to the Chinese Ministry in China who in return informed Philippine Consul to China Pablito Mendoza.
Last Tuesday, the Chinese authorities at Rizhao Port in Shandong Province turned over the fishermen to Mendoza.