Philippine government files charges against two alleged Taiwanese poachers

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 2 has filed criminal and administrative charges against two allegedly Taiwanese poachers who were apprehended off Babuyan Claro in the Calayan Group of Islands last June 11, state news agency reports. Two Taiwanese were identified as Lin Dah Gwo and Wu Jenq Shyong, officers of the F/B Der Maan Fure No. 03.

They were manning the fishing boat flying Philippine flag when they were apprehended by Philippine Coast Guard-manned BFAR Patrol Vessel Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) 3007.

The patrol vessel was skippered by Captain Allen Toribio when they had a chance encounter with the stationary fishing vessel about 17 nautical miles northeast off Babuyan Claro, Quick Response Team members of BFAR Region 2 said in the incident report.

Upon inspection of documents it was revealed that the fishing boat is registered in Taiwan.

“The vessel was lying-to or steady at the time of apprehension. It was not in distress and its radio buoys – used in long line fishing – were deployed, indicating that it was fishing at the time of apprehension,” BFAR Region 2 law enforcement division chief Samuel Agaloos said.