As of Wednesday, the Vietnamese embassy in the Philippines has completed the necessary procedures to send home 122 Vietnamese fishermen who were acquitted of territorial waters violations charges last month.
In its letter sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and authorities in the central province of Binh Thuan, where the fishermen were from, the embassy asked for permission to buy air tickets for 77 of the fishermen as soon as possible.
According to the embassy, 45 others, including seven captains, will stay there, waiting for Palawan province authorities to release their boats.
In response to the embassy's proposal, the Binh Thuan People's Committee said it would cover all the airfare.
The fishermen were arrested on May 30 when they entered Filipino waters on a fishing contract with Ho Chi Minh City-based Long Hai Long. Filipino police found that the papers they presented upon arrival weren't legal.
The Vietnamese company signed a contract with the Philippines-based Premiere International Interfishing to acquire fishing licenses for the fishermen.
However, the foreign company's representative, Kho Tho Min, has disappeared since the group was detained..