123 sea turtles rescued from Chinese poachers off Palawan


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines—Sailors rescued more than a hundred sea turtles from poachers but Chinese nationals who were allegedly buying the endangered animals escaped, the Navy said on Friday.

At least 123 turtles were recovered from three fishpens off the western island of Balabac on Tuesday as part of a campaign against such illegal activities, the Navy statement said.

“At least six Chinese nationals were sighted fleeing the area using a speedboat when the raiding party arrived in the area,” regional naval chief Cmdr. Rostum Joseph Pena was quoted as saying.

It took two days to remove all the turtles from the fishpens and six of them were found dead, he said.

Residents have reported that Chinese financiers were paying local people to gather the turtles for P5,000 each, so they could be shipped abroad, the Navy commander said.

The turtles were released in a marine reserve, the Navy said.

Sea turtles are protected under Philippine law, and catching them is punishable by at least 12 years in jail.

Chinese poaching in Philippine waters has become a thorny issue in recent months.

In April, Philippine authorities tried to arrest Chinese fishermen taking sea turtles and other protected species from Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), triggering a standoff with Chinese ships that still continues.

China and the Philippines, along with Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam, have overlapping claims in the West Philippine Sea, which includes major shipping lanes and is believed to be rich in mineral and oil resources.

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  • Diego

    Kung di lang sana nagpabaya sa AFP modernization ang mga previous administrations at walang corruption. Ayan, masyado kasi hanga at umasa kay ANGKOL SAM, kawawa tuloy tayo palagi.

  • Olibo

    Hindi lang sa Panatag or Spratley nangangahoy ang bandidong Tsina, pati sa loob na mismo ng ating baybaying dagat, Sigurado namang me kutsabang Pinoy duon.Pagkain nila ang mga pawikang iyan. Ano pa kaya ang hindi nila kinakain maliban sa daga,tuko,ahas,pusa? 

  • justice_league03

    these Chinese people are so elusive! just like our Chinese president Benigno Aquino III!

    • Platypus09

      The President’s job is not to chase these thieves.

      He will try to investigate or call appropriate agencies if there are evidences of corruption or fake reports especially in top ranks.

      Congress has to investigate officers’ anomalies and illegal activities.

      But if there are none, what is he or the Congress gonna do? Assume? Not without evidence.

      It is very imperative though that he needs to assign top military posts who can do the job with integrity so that same person would keep similar low brass officers who will do the job as assigned with no or less corruption and with integrity.

      If there is media involved and would like to expose evidence of corruption, then that is a different story. It should be investigated or prosecuted with appropriate government agency.

      In our country, our fellow Filipinos are not used to squeal or report illegal activities for fear of repercussions. This is our CULTURE, not a favorable one, and actually is one of the reasons we cannot curb illegal or criminal activities.

      Most of the time, we don’t want to be involved. That is a problem.

      How can get ourselves involved? The culture has to be changed.

      We need seminars, reassurances, protection, and so many things…

      • simplewatcher

        The culture of corruption has to end once and for all and the second is poverty.People have to eat somehow regardless of where would the money come from.

  • dragonian

    The title of this article said : “123 sea turtles rescued from Chinese poachers off Palawan”.

    but the navy’s statement said : “At least 123 turtles were recovered from three fishpens off the {western island of Balabac}”.

    and “Residents have reported that Chinese financiers were paying {local people} to gather the turtles for P5,000 each”

    it obviously confirmed who really are the poachers……….the local people, isn’t it?


  • Raul

    Pag Chinese dumaan dyan patay kang bata ka. kahit kabibi wala kang makuha. Tingnan mo si AFPako na lahing kayumaomao kahit dumi nya inayawan ng bulate.

  • dodong1

    sa tamang presyo kumakagat ang mga Pilipino…Piso piso lang yan…kawawang nilalang parating nabibili ang kaluluwa..kaya pati bansa kulang na lang ibenta sa mga tsekwa…

  • zeroko

    These human fetus eater do not have moral sense of value. Their appetite is so voracious, they will eat anything except   substance that they can not chew. They will not hesitate to eat their own kind which is not present in other species.

  • zeroko

    There is always a Chinese behind large scale defiance of our law. From sea corrals, from prostitutes, from drug smuggling and manufacturing drugs, there is always a Chinese.

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