In the joint efforts of Philippine National Police Maritime Group and PNP Region 4-B, eleven Chinese fishermen were arrested due to illegal catching of marine turtle (pawikan). These fishermen were arrested at Half moon Shoal in Spratly Islands, a hundred nautical miles from Palawan.
According to Police Chief Superintendent Theodore Sindac, 120 alive and 234 dead marine turtles were found in the Chinese fishermen boat.
As reported by a Chinese News Agency
According to report by Xinhua News Agency, China is claiming 11 fishermen to be taken by armed men near the Philippines. The fishermen were on board the Qiongqionghai 09063 when a group of armed men intercepted the said vessel, said armed men fired warning shots in the air yesterday near Half Moon Shoal.
Xinhua News Agency said the second Chinese fishing boat was lucky to have outrun another boat with armed men. The News Agency said that two vessels were sent to search for the missing fishermen but returned without finding any.