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Chinese poachers moved to Palawan prison

By: - Correspondent / @demptoanda
/ 11:29 AM October 03, 2014
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Chinese fishermen arrested by Philippine maritime police for poaching in the West Philippine Sea. REDEMPTO D. ANDA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON FILE PHOTO

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan—Twelve Chinese nationals convicted in August of poaching in the Tubbataha Reefs were transferred Friday morning to the Iwahig Prison, a minimum security prison facility on the outskirts of this city, to serve their sentence.

The foreigners, sentenced by the Palawan Regional Trial Court to a jail term of six to 12 years, had been under the custody of the Bureau of Immigration where they faced a separate case for deportation.

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The Chinese nationals were held in a private house rented by the government prior to their transfer to Iwahig.

The convicted poachers were caught after their vessel ran aground in Tubbataha two years ago.

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Apart from the jail sentence they were also ordered to pay fines of $100,000 each.

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