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Update on the 2008 Palawan Poachers

Discussion in 'Philippine Paradise Divers' started by clgsamson, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. clgsamson

    clgsamson Koya Kap

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manila, Philippines
    Finally, some sort of justice....

    Vietnamese poachers in Palawan fined P4.5M each


    AFTER nearly two years, justice has been served to the 13 Vietnamese poachers caught red-handed with the corpses of 101 endangered Hawksbill Turtles near El Nido, Northern Palawan in August of 2008. Branch 50 of the Regional Trial Court of Puerto Princesa meted the Vietnamese imprisonment of up to six months and fines of approximately P4.5 million each for violating Section 87 of the Fisheries Code (Republic Act or RA 8550).

    The court also ordered imprisonment of up to six months and fines of approximately P120,000 each for violating Section 97 of the Fisheries Code (RA 8550) and up to 18 months imprisonment and fines of approximately P15,000 each for Section 27 of the Wildlife Act (RA 9147).

    However, since the poachers have been detained in Puerto Princesa since September 2008, the court ruled that only the fines remain to be served.
  2. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Hopefully this will serve as a deterrent to others considering poaching.
  3. red_barbarian

    red_barbarian Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: home is where the suitcase is
    Good news, hopefully the Philippines government has some way to extract at least part of the fine from them. Send them back to Vietnam 1 every six months so it keeps making the news, that will help deter future Vietnamese poachers.
  4. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    None of the convicted would be able to pay the fine.
    Don't expect the corrupted Vietnames Gov. would come up with the money.
    Keep the mother boat or sink it.
    Put those poachers on a life raft and tow them to open sea.....
    We should have done that yrs ago in HK.
  5. jigo

    jigo Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manila, Philippines

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