2 Chinese minors in pawikan poaching deported

By Raoul Asperas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 14 2014 06:20 PM | Updated as of May 15 2014 02:20 AM

Dead turtles seized from Chinese fishermen. File Photo.

MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has deported to China the 2 minors earlier arrested with 9 other alleged poachers at the Half Moon Shoal in the disputed Spratly Islands.

ABS-CBN learned that the 2 minors were assisted by representatives from the Chinese Embassy prior to their departure Tuesday night at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.

Confiscated from the vessel of the arrested Chinese nationals were 216 live and 381 dead pawikan, considered an endangered specie.

The remaining nine Chinese nationals were charged for violation of Republic Act 8550 (Fisheries Code), particularly Section 87 or poaching in Philippine waters and Section 97 or fishing or taking of rare, threatened or endangered species; and R.A. 9147 (Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act).

The charges are bailable.

The two minors boarded Philippine Airlines Flight PR 382 bound for Beijing, China.