Manila Bulletin

65 Pinoy fish­er­men repa­tri­ated from Su­lawesi


Sixty-five Filipino fish­er­men, who were ap­pre­hended by mar­itime en­force­ment agen­cies in the north­ern coast of the is­land of Su­lawesi in In­done­sia for al­leged il­le­gal fish­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, have suc­cess­fully been repa­tri­ated back to the Philip­pines, the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs (DFA) re­ported on Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the DFA, The Philip­pine Con­sulate Gen­eral in Manado is sched­uled to repa­tri­ate two more batches com­posed of 71 Filipino fish­er­men also nabbed for al­leged il­le­gal fish­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in Bi­tung,

The Philip­pine Con­sulate said the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment was in­tent in strictly im­ple­ment­ing its anti-il­le­gal fish­ing pol­icy, fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo’s cre­ation of the Anti-Il­le­gal Fish­ing Task Force (SATGAS 115) on Oc­to­ber 21, 2015 with the Mar­itime Af­fairs and Fish­eries Min­istry as Chair.

Last year, the Con­sulate Gen­eral repa­tri­ated a to­tal of 689 Filipino fish­er­men for the same of­fenses.

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