12 Chinese illegal fishers found guilty of poaching start serving jail sentence
POSTED: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
CALAPAN CITY – The 12 Chinese fishermen who were found guilty by a Puerto Princesa City court of illegally fishing in Philippine waters are now in the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Palawan and starts serving their jail sentences.
This was confirmed by the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in their recent website posting.
Accordingly, the Puerto Princesa City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 51 had found the fishermen guilty of violating Philippine Republic Act No. 10067 and the Tubbataha Act of 2009 last August 5.
It stated that the Chinese fishing boat captain was sentenced to 12 years in prison, while the 11 crewmen, who are all Chinese nationals, were sentenced to 10 years. Each of them were also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine to the Philippine government.
Philippine rangers caught the Chinese nationals in April 2013 after their boat ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef, a Philippine protected national park.
The fishermen were also carrying a cargo of pangolins, an endangered mammal similar to an anteater, which is eaten in China. (By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)