Arrrested Chinese Poachers in Tubbataha Arrived in PPC

Photo by Terry Aquino

The 12 Chinese nationals arrested in the Tubbataha Reefs aboard the fishing boat with bow number 63168 that run aground in the North Atoll on 8 April 2012 arrived in Puerto Princesa City this morning at 8:30 on board the Philippine Coast Guard vessel 3503. Various agencies are working together to expedite the filing of charges against the fishers. These include: the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Western Command, Bureau of Customs, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Municipality of Cagayancillo. The violation of Section 27 (Poaching by Foreigners) of the RA 10067 is the primary case to be filed before the close of working hours today.