BRP Apolinario Mabini apprehends Chinese poachers

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that the BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS-36), a Jacinto class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), apprehended five Chinese national for illegal fishing.  The five were spotted on a speedboat 1.5 nautical miles from the coastal village of Ramos, Balabac and were captured after a chase. Five live and three dead marine turtles were found on the craft along with assorted fishing paraphernalia and butchering tools.

Naval Forces West (NAVFORWEST) commander Adm. Rostum Pena reported that the poachers were brought to Puerto Princessa, Palawan for the filing of charges.

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