5 fishermen face raps for illegally fishing in Masbate City protected area

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 14, 2021   •   681

MANILA, Philippines — Authorities formally filed charges against five individuals for illegally fishing in a protected area in Masbate City.

The local government strictly prohibits fishing in the so-called core zone at the sand bar and marine sanctuary in Barangay Nursery, Masbate City.

Apprehended individuals were identified as Jojo Carajay, Pepito Cruel, Daniel Geronimo, Angel Badiana, and Gil Espinas.

Samahang Mangingisda ng Puro-Sinalikway (SMAPUSI) President Rizaldo Razada said they have been receiving reports about individuals fishing inside the marine sanctuary using illegal fishing compressor.

Kaya nag-conduct iyong mga Bantay dagat namin deputized fish warden at nag-conduct iyong nga law enforcement ng seaborn patrol. Iyon nga ang nangyari nakita na nasa loob ng sanctuary kaya hinuli sila (That’s why our deputized fish warden and law enforcement of seaborn patrol monitored the area and they were spotted inside the sanctuary and were apprehended),” he said. -AAC (with reports from Gerry Galicia)

33 individuals apprehended in Cavite waters for illegal fishing – PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   November 10, 2021

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said it has apprehended 33 individuals allegedly engaging in illegal fishing operations in waters off Cavite City.

In a report, the PCG said the local fishermen were on board seven motorbancas from Tangos, Navotas City.

They were caught while conducting actual trawl fishing activity 2.5 nautical miles off Sangley Point on November 9, it added.

“They were informed that they violated Cavite City Ordinance Number 06 – 3149 Section 2 (Trawl and Fine Mesh Net Fishing Inside Municipal Waters),” the coast guard said.

The PCG said the apprehended motorbancas were brought to the impounding areas at Barangay 49-M Akasya, Cavite City for proper documentation and filing of appropriate charges.

Autopsy report shows athlete Keith Absalon, cousin sustained gunshot wounds

Marje Pelayo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The City Health Office in Masbate City has released the result of its necropsy report on the bodies of Far Eastern University football player Keith Absalon and his cousin Nolven Absalon.

The two died from a landmine explosion on June 6 while biking in their hometown in Purok 4, Barangay Anas, Masbate City.

However, based on the report, Keith also sustained a gunshot wound on the right eye while Nolven sustained a gunshot wound on the right shoulder blade and on the left lateral distal thigh.

The report further confirmed that Keith died of hemorrhagic shock secondary to gunshot wound and blast injuries while Nolven’s death was caused mainly by hemorrhagic shock from the gunshot wound he sustained.

The Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) has taken full responsibility for the deaths of the two men.

“The entire CPP and NPA take full responsibility for the tragedy. There is no justification for the aggravation this has caused the Absalon family,” CPP information officer Marco Valbuena said in a statement.

The communist group also expressed “deep remorse over the untimely and unnecessary deaths” of the cousins resulting from “errors in the military action mounted by an NPA unit.”


Año warns 20 LGUs over illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing in municipal waters

Marje Pelayo   •   May 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued stern warnings to 20 local government units (LGUs) for illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF).

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año also reminded the 20 LGUs “to exercise their mandate and responsibilities, under the Philippine Fisheries Code” and to inform the DILG about the number of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing committed within their jurisdictions or face administrative sanctions.

“Despite the pandemic, we want to remind LGUs of the protection of our aquatic resources which, unfortunately, is still an issue in the country,” he said.

“Para sa 20 pamahalaang lokal na ito na ating pinadalhan ng warning, mahigpit ang ating paalala na pangalagaan ang ating mga karagatan,” he added.

Año stressed that IUUF can cause a serious decline in fisheries resources, and can negatively impact food security and livelihood of coastal communities and fisherfolk thus it has to be closely monitored by the LGUs.

Using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) technology, a satellite that can detect artificial light sources or superlight, the highest number of IUUF violations were registered in the following areas:

Tongkil, Sulu (2,549)
Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Del Sur (2,446)
Milagros, Masbate (1,595)
Cawayan, Masbate (1,350)
San Pascual, Masbate (1,193)
Languyan, Tawi-tawi (1,057)
Calauag, Quezon (1,009)
Hadji Mohammad Ajul, Basilan (973)
Linapacan, Palawan (959)
Carles, Iloilo (762)

Also included in the top 20 LGUs are Cuyo, Palawan; Santa Cruz, Marinduque; Madridejos, Cebu; Coron, Palawan; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Taytay, Palawan; Magsaysay, Palawan; Catbalogan City, Samar; Cavite City, Cavite; and, Quezon, Quezon.

According to Año, the LGUs that received warnings are the top 20 with the highest number of violation on the use of superlight and other artificial light sources which is used to attract fishes during nighttime.

The use of these artificial light sources is prohibited under Section 98 of the Republic Act No. 8550, as amended by Republic Act No. 10654 or the Philippines Fisheries Code of 1998.

The DILG Chief urged LGUs to implement DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2018-59 which requires LGUs to regulate and monitor fisheries activities and strictly enforce the provisions of the amended Fisheries Code.

He assured that the DILG, through its Fisheries Compliance Audit (FishCA), is committed to monitoring LGUs’ fulfillment of responsibilities under the code and emphasizes the need for effective management of municipal waters for biodiversity conservation and food security.


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