BI deports two minor Chinese fishermen

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

THE two minor companions of nine Chinese fishermen caught poaching in Palawan last week were deported to China Tuesday night, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Wednesday.

The undocumented minors identified as He Zhuang and Li Xiang Hui, boarded a Philippine Airlines flight PR-382 bound for Beijing on May 13.

BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison said the foreigners were escorted by immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after the Palawan Regional Trial Court released them for being minors and in accordance with government regulations.

They were included in the immigration blacklist for being illegal entrant and for poaching in the Philippine waters, according to two-page summary deportation order signed by Mison and deputy commissioners Abdullah Mangotara and Ronaldo Ledesma.

On the other hand, the nine Chinese fishermen who were earlier charged with violation of two laws on fisheries and wildlife protection remain at the Palawan provincial jail.

Aside from the case in Palawan, the foreigners are also facing illegal entry and undocumented alien charges filed by the BI before the Department of Justice on Tuesday.

Charged were Chen Yi Quan, Chen Ze Hao, Shi Xian Xiong, Shi Liang Duong, He Chuan, Huang Ji Xuan, He Sheng Bao, He Yuan Cheng, and Lu Chuan Fang.

On May 6, the Chinese nationals were arrested by authorities for poaching in Philippine waters. Found in their possession are 216 live turtles, like Green Sea and Hawks Bill considered all critically endangered species of wildlife, and 381 assorted dead turtles.

Mison said the government cannot deport the nine accused unless the Palawan court resolves the criminal cases against the Chinese fishermen. (FP/Sunnex)

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