Search continues for missing Ilonggo fisherman-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
AUTHORITIES are still continuing search and rescue operations for a fisherman who went missing in the waters of Iloilo since 7:20 a.m. Tuesday.
Provincial administrator Raul Banias said they already asked the assistance of the Philippine Coast Guard to find Arturo David of Barangay Puntamesa, Manapla, Negros Occidental.
Banias said David suddenly jumped off a motorboat when members of Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force seized him for using Danish Seine or “hulbot-hulbot” between Anauayan and Bagongon Islands in Concepcion town.
Task force officers said David was accompanied by five other fishermen, who also tried to escape but failed, during the illegal operation.
The seized fishermen were identified as Joey Jalando-on, Condrado David, Marjun Berja, Nilo Barino, and Noel Barino.
They will face charges for violating Republic Act 8550 or The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 and Fisheries Administrative Order 222 that prohibits the use of illegal fishing tools like Danish Seine.
The six fishermen will also be held liable for “obstruction of apprehension and resistance and disobedience to agent of persons in authority.”
Their fishing boat and other paraphernalia are all in the custody of the task force.
Meanwhile, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said he 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,” he said.
He also said the Provincial Government “is not intimidated by illegal fishermen” despite the lack of personnel and equipment to secure all the coastal areas. (PR)