The fishermen were on board their fishing vessel F/V Princess Mayanne when they were apprehended off the coast of Kudat, Sabah (photo: Wikipedia)MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday confirmed that 24 Filipino fishermen were arrested by authorities in Sabah, Malaysia last month for illegal fishing.
In a press statement, DFA said the fishermen were on board their fishing vessel F/V Princess Mayanne when they were apprehended off the coast of Kudat, Sabah for allegedly encroaching into and illegally fishing in Malaysian territorial waters in April.
Without saying the exact date of the arrest, the DFA said the hearing on the case is scheduled on June 4. The DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur will send an official to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah to attend the hearing on the case.
The DFA said the RP embassy in Kuala Lumpur is coordinating with the Malaysian authorities for the expeditious action on the case so the arrested Filipino fishermen can rejoin their respective families in the Philippines.
Officials also said they have assured Janet Policarpio, the vessel’s owner, that representations have been made with local Malaysian authorities for the recovery of the vessel. - Amita Legaspi, GMANews.TV