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Sunday, July 17, 2005

8 suspects arrested for illegal fishing in Subic

A team from the 3rd Police Regional Maritime Office arrested eight fishermen for illegal fishing off the coast of Sitio Nagyantok, Barangay Cawag, Subic, Zambales, the other day.

Chief Inspector Jesus F. Fernandez, head of the unit, identified the arrested fishermen as Rene Bautista, 55, captain of fishing boat; Bogoy Arong, 35, boat engineer; Jake Makinaya, Vicente Royal, Rodolfo Camacho, Richard Megarcos, Dodong de Dosen, and Lando de los Santos, all residents of Sitio Nagyantok, Ba­rangay Cawag, Subic.

According to the report, a team headed by Senior Police Officer 3 Albert Hong was on sea patrol when they spotted the fishermen.

Hong alleged that the fishermen hastily threw away three improvised explosive devices into the water when they saw the police patrol approach their boat.

When the police boarded the boat, they found three more bottles containing home-made explosives inside the fishing vessel.

The fishermen’s catch also showed signs of dynamite fishing, such as blasted bellies.

Further investigation showed that the fishermen and the boat’s skipper and engineer did not have the proper licenses.

Police brought the fishermen’s catch to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources office, where it was found that the fish were caught through the use of explosives.

The suspects were charged with illegal possession of explosives and illegal fishing before the Municipal Trial Court of Subic, Zambales.


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