ILOILO – A search and rescue operation is currently being held by authorities to locate a fisherman who went missing in the marine waters of Concepcion and Ajuy in northern district here since 7:20 am on Tuesday.
Provincial Administrator Dr. Raul Banias said they already asked the assistance of Philippine Coast Guard to find Arturo David of Barangay Puntamesa, Manapla, Negros Occidental.
Banias said David suddenly jump off their motorboat when members of Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force caught them fishing using Danish seine or “hulbot-hulbot” between Anauayan and Bagongon Islands in Concepcion town.
Task force’s chief SPO1 Gilbert Piedad together with PO2 Ronald Epacta reported that David was accompanied by five other fishermen from Manapla during their illegal operation.
These five, who also tried to escape but failed, were identified as Joey Jalando-on, Condrado David, Marjun Berja, Nilo Barino, and Noel Barino, according to Piedad.
All of the six fishermen will face charges for the violation of Sec. 86, 89, and 90 of Republic Act 8550 and Fisheries Administrative Order 222.
They will also be held liable for obstruction of apprehension and resistance and disobedience to agent of persons in authority.
The criminal complaint against the six will be filed before the 4th Municipal Circuit Trial Court in Concepcion.
Their fishing boat and other paraphernalia are all in the custody of the task force.
Meanwhile, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. is happy that the province’s campaign against illegal fishing is succeeding.
“The countless accomplishments of the task force are driving us to do more and there is definitely no stopping in this campaign,” Defensor said.
He added that the provincial government, especially him, “is not intimidated by illegal fishermen” despite the lack of personnel and equipment to secure all the coastal areas here. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)