There was strong evidence to charge a Taiwanese fisherman detained after he strayed into Philippine waters, police said Saturday, September 7.
Government prosecutors are preparing poaching charges against Tsai Po who was held on Tuesday near the Batanes group of islands, close to the maritime border with Taiwan, police officer Victor de Sagon said.
Police allege that Tsai, 54, intentionally entered Philippine waters and then tried to flee when a maritime fishing patrol approached him.
"Our evidence is quite strong. He was collecting lobster, ornamental fish and sharks," de Sagon told Agence France-Presse (AFP).
"It is obvious he was fleeing with the great speed. He did not drift here."
Tsai has made frequent visits to the area to poach for fish, de Sagon said, adding that was how officials knew where to catch him.
Tsai, who is being held at Batan provincial police station, has said he does not know why he was detained and that he had been in Taiwanese waters when the incident happened.
He also claims he was treated roughly by the Philippine maritime patrol, an allegation de Sagon denies. More....