Malacanang on Friday thanked the Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) for rescuing two Filipino fishermen near Panatag Shoal. ”We thank the Chinese Coast Guard for the assistance. This act demonstrates that the Philippine-China relationship is now back on friendly footing after the recent successful visit of President Duterte in China,” Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said in a press statement.
”We expect the ties between the two countries to further improve in the years ahead,” he added.
Andanar said the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has coordinated with the CCG to help in the search operations.
Last Thursday night, the PCG received information that the Filipino fishermen had been rescued and the CCG successfully transferred the two to the BRP Tubbataha Friday afternoon.
According to the reports, the two rescued fishermen were identified as Morrey Sierra, 45; and Lloyd Akeiot, 37.