200 Filipino fishermen arrested in Indonesia

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2014 06:23 PM | Updated as of Dec 01 2014 07:23 PM

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Sunday that some 200 Filipino fishermen are among those arrested in Indonesia.

DFA spokesman Charles Jose said the Filipinos are among 463 fishermen from over 150 boats caught allegedly illegally fishing in the waters of Indonesia.

Jose said the Philippine consulate will visit the arrested Filipinos in Birau, West Kalimantan, where they are being held.

They are said to be residents of Birau, but are originally from Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

The Indonesian immigration chief had said the crackdown began early this month because of the rising number of fishermen from nearby countries.

The Indonesian government said illegal fishing costs their nation around $25 billion a year. - ANC