“Ever since the Chinese fishermen were arrested in Philippine waters last April, China has been urging the Philippine side to impartially handle the case in accordance with law and ensure the legitimate rights and interests and humanitarian treatment of the Chinese fishermen,” China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said commenting on the conviction of 12 Chinese poachers.
The Palawan Regional Trial Court convicts 12 Chinese poachers who were arrested last April last year for violating Republic Act 10067 or the Tubbataha Protected Area Law of 2009. Approximately four hundred boxes of anteaters were seized from their vessel.
Eleven Chinese poachers will be imprisoned for six to ten years, while the vessel’s captain was sentenced to 12 years in jail. Also, each convicted will be fined $100,000.
“The Foreign Ministry and Chinese diplomatic missions in the Philippines will continue to provide consular assistance within their remit to the Chinese fishermen and request the Philippine side to guarantee their legitimate rights and interests,” China’s government added through its foreign ministry.
“Meanwhile, we hope that Chinese fishermen working at the sea can abide by laws and carry out normal fishery production.”
Currently, 12 Chinese poachers are in custody of Bureau of Immigration. The bureau will turn over the convicted poachers to Palawan court.
These 12 Chinese will be imprisoned at Iwahig Penal colony.