PCG: 18 Vietnamese fishermen were apprehended in three separate patrols by the Philippine Coast Guard from May 10 to12 in a joint Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) mission in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
The first incident involved seven fishermen onboard Vietnamese Bulit Fishing Boat (VFB) with bow markings BD95702TS.
The patrol team onboard MCS-3007 and MCS-3010 found the VFB surrounded by cast lines and bouys northwest of Calayan waters. The Viet fishing boat immediately escaped the area but was chased by the Coast Guard onboard a rubber boat.
Upon apprehension, the patrol team inspected the boat and directed its crew to sail to Port Irene, Sta. Ana, Cagayan for the filing of proper charges
Two days later, six Vietnamese fishermen were arrested at the vicinity waters of Wyllie Rocks in Panuitan Island, Cagayan while five more were taken into custody off Catanapan Point, Cagayan for similar violations.
The three Vietnamese fishing vessels, upon arrival in Port Irene, Sta. Ana, Cagayan, were inspected by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Quick Response Team (BFAR QRT) RO2 and were charged for the violation of Sec 91 (Poaching) of RA 10654 otherwise known as the “Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998”.