ILOILO – Twenty-five fishermen including their boat captain were arrested for illegal fishing in northern Iloilo here recently, according to Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force (IPBDTF).
Based on the report, the fishermen led by Roberto Desamparado of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental were caught fishing using purse seine 7.22 kilometers from shoreline of Brgy. Cabugao, Gigantes Island, Carles.
The fishermen were onboard F/B “Laura-Roy” during their arrest and were brought to lock-up cell of Carles Police Station.
Their stay in jail, however, did not last long since the boat captain offered a compromise fine in exchange for the group’s liberty.
The municipal government of Carles approved their request and erring fishermen paid P75,000 compromise fine.
In a separate operation, IPBDTF intercepted motorboat “RJL” loaded with 25 plastic drums of crude oil off the coast of Carles near Brgy. Cambalatong.
Six crews manning the boat were apprehended when they failed to present permits and other documents relative to the transportation of the cargoes.
Richard Francisco, the owner of the motorboat, confessed that they were hired to load and deliver the crude oil from Jintotolo, Balud, Masbate to Cambalatong, Carles.
To find out the trader and his/her purpose, Francisco manifested to cooperate in the investigation.
At present, the motorboat and crude oil are at the custody of IPBDTF pending further investigation and possible filing of criminal cases for violation B.P. Blg. 33 as amended by P.D. 1865. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)