ORMOC CITY-Five fishermen were arrested by local police after they were caught conducting illegal fishing at about 8:45 am Tuesday (Sep.12) at the territorial seawater of Barangay Mapuyo, Kawayan town in Biliran province.

Police identified the five violators as Lino Galan 52; Rammy Monsanto, 41; Rodito Tapaya, 47; Rosalito Beril, 36; and Bernie Vere, 32. All residents of Brgy. Binongtoan, Culaba, also in Biliran.

The Kawayan police said that they were conducting a seaborne patrol operation which resulted in the interception of one fishing boat marked “Parekoy” while they were caught in the act of engaging in Illegal fishing activity using active fishing gear locally known as ‘hulbot-hulbot.’

Confiscated from their possession was the fishing vessel with an engine, fishnet, scaring ring lines (tabog), a ring with weight stone, and buoy with a total estimated value of P120,000.

Also recovered were an estimated 4-5 kilos of caught fish with an estimated price of P400.
Charges of violations of municipal fishing laws were immediately filed by the arresting police to the violators. (ROBERT DEJON)