MARITIME police arrested on Sunday morning two Malaysian fishermen after they were caught poaching for endangered sea turtles in the waters at the southern point of Palawan, police reports said on Monday.
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Sr. Supt. Wilben Mayor, quoting reports, identified the two arrested fishermen as Ku Vui Hjung and Rahman Bin Abd Rahman, both from Kudat in Sabah, Malaysia.
Mayor said the two fishermen were arrested by the Special Boat Unit (SBU) of the PNP Maritime Group at around 7 a.m. off the waters of Barangay Mangsee, Balabac, Palawan.
The reports said SBU personnel confiscated some 10,000 pieces of sea turtle eggs; dried sea turtle meat and three sacks of dried sea clams found in the Malaysian fishers’ possession.
The two Malaysians were brought to the SBU headquarters in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan for investigation and proper disposition while appropriate charges are being readied against them, the reports said.
SBU chief, Supt. Osmondo Salibo, said in the reports that the two Malaysians will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9174 or the “The Wildlife Act” of the Philippines.
The meat and eggs of the endangered sea turtles are considered as an aphrodisiac and delicacy for the Chinese. A kilo of sea turtle meat fetches high prices in the black market.