By Francisco Tuyay
Two Malaysian fishermen were arrested by the Police Maritime Group in Palawan with a haul of 10,000 eggs of sea turtle and dried marine products.
Police Spokesperson Sr. Supt Wilben Mayor said Malaysian nationals Ku Vui Gjung and Rahman Bin Abd Rahman, both resident of Sandakan and Kudat, Sabah were poaching in Philippine Waters.
The Malaysian fishermen were intercepted by the police Special GBoat Unit while on seaborne patrol at the island of Barangay Mangsee, Balabac in Palawan Sunday.
Police Chief Supt Henry Losanes, Regional Director of the Maritime Group said the two foreign nationals yielded sea turtle eggs, two sacks of dried seaweed and three sacks of dried clams.
The Malaysian Fishermen are now under the custody of Special Boat Unit Headquarters, Puerto Princesa City pending the formal filing of charges of violation of Section 27(f), Republic Act No. 9147 otherwise known as “The Wildlife Act”.
Last Oct 21, at least 13 Vietnamese fishermen were nabbed afor alleged possession of sea turtles.
In November last year, Philippine Navy personnel rescued 100 sea turtles from foreign poachers, believed to Chinese.
Twelve Chinese fishermen were also intercepted in April after their boat, which ran aground on a protected reef, was found in possession of hundreds of dead pangolins, or scaly anteaters.