Thursday, April 11, 2013

4/10/2013 How Far Will The Dragon Swim?

"Poaching charges filed vs. Chinese fishermen in Tubbataha incident"

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Shark on the Tubbataha Reef, Wikipedia photo

The Philippines Assert Their Soverignity Over A Dragon Boat


Philippine authorities on Wednesday afternoon lodged poaching charges against 12 Chinese fishermen whose vessel ran aground in Tubbataha Reef before midnight last Monday.

The Tubbataha Management Office plans to lodge at least three more charges against the fishermen on Thursday, radio dzBB's James Viernes reported.

The charges were based on Section 27 ofRepublic Act 10067, the Tubbataha National Park Act. Under Section 27 of the law, "poaching by foreigners" involves the entry of any foreign fishing vessel in the Tubbataha Reef area "shall constitute prima facie evidence that the vessel is engaged in fishing in the area."

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