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China on Monday demanded the Philippines  ensure the safety and lawful rights of six detained Chinese fishermen.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a daily news briefing.

The six Chinese fishermen were detained by Philippines authorities for allegedly entering the country's territorial waters, according to media reports.

"China attaches great importance to the incident and has already lodged representations to the Philippine side," said Hong.

China has demanded that the incident be handled promptly, appropriately and in a fair manner, he said, adding the Chinese Embassy in Manila has dispatched officials to visit the six fishermen.

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The easiest solution would sink the boat and send the fishermen home on the next flight. lesson learned after that I'd assume.

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Be careful, China! Enemies around China have bad intentions toward the disputed island in South China Sea. The US is the master of them.

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6 Chinese fishermen charged for endangered sea turtle catch in Philippines

By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, December 5, 10:18 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A court in the Philippines charged six Chinese fishermen with poaching endangered sea turtles in proceedings Monday aimed at protecting threatened wildlife along the country’s coastline.

Authorities discovered a batch of giant green turtles after intercepting the fishermen’s speedboat in waters off the western province of Palawan on Friday, said military spokesman Maj. Niel Estrella. A joint team from the Philippine navy, coast guard and the Environment Department made the seizure.

The boat was likely attached to a mother ship that escaped after the fishermen were detained, Estrella said.

Nine of the turtles were already dead, but three were released alive into the waters after being tagged, Glenda Cadigal, a wildlife specialist at the Palawan Council, told The Associated Press.

The sea turtles, also known as Chelonia mydas, are often caught for food and for use in traditional medicine. They can grow as long as 5 feet (150 centimeters) and weigh as much as 290 pounds (130 kilograms). They are endangered because of overharvesting of both eggs and adults.

On Monday, authorities filed criminal charges under the Philippines’ Wildlife Act and Fisheries Code at the Palawan Regional Trial Court in the capital Puerto Princessa, said Adelina Villena, chief lawyer for the government’s Palawan Council for Sustainable Development.

If found guilty on all charges, the fishermen would face up to 24 years in prison. They were not requested to enter a plea Monday and a date for their arraignment was not immediately set, Villena said.

In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China was “paying attention to the incident” and asked the Philippines to ensure the safety and legal rights of the fishermen. “The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines has sent staff to visit the detained fishermen,” Hong said.

Last year, six Chinese fishermen also on a speedboat were arrested near the same area with more than 50 turtles, many of them already butchered and one bearing a monitoring tag of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute, said Cadrigal, the wildlife specialist.

The trial of those fisherman is still continuing.

“These kind of practices endanger the lives of other creatures in the sea because marine turtles have their function in the balance of the ecosystem,” Cadigal said.

Sea turtles feed on sea grass, which keeps the blades short and promotes their growth across the sea bed, and also provide sand beaches with nutrients, partly because of the eggs they lay that remain unhatched.

Palawan, about 510 miles (820 kilometers) southwest of Manila, is the nearest Philippine province to the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, which are claimed by China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei.

Relations between the Philippines and China have recently soured after Manila accused Beijing of interfering with its oil exploration activities in the sea China claims in its entirety.

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20 dead sea turtles abandoned by Chinese poachers found
By Redempto D. Anda
Inquirer Southern Luzon
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines - A large net with 20 dead sea turtles in it were found in the coastal waters of Balabac in the southern tip of Palawan, and authorities believed they were left submerged by the group of Chinese poachers caught by a Naval patrol last Thursday.
Quoting military reports, Palawan Gov. Abraham Kahlil Mitra said the Chinese nationals might have laid down the nets themselves and were mainly engaged in poaching for marine turtles, a protected species.
“There were 20 deep sea turtles trapped in the net.  The personnel of DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) decided to just bury them,” Mitra told the Inquirer on Monday.
The six Chinese nationals who were caught on board a motorboat after failing to outrun a pursuing naval patrol boat had since been detained at the provincial jail after they were formally charged with violations of the Fisheries Code and the Wildlife Act.
The Chinese nationals were identified as: Ah Chun, 40; Singah Chuang, 50; Ah Suan, 15; Ah Chin, 16; Ah Bu, 17 and Kha Du Wu, 18.
They were caught right off the coastal village of Ramos in the southernmost Palawan island-town of Balabac facing the Malaysian border.
Local officials said they were investigating reports that the Chinese were funding some local communities to catch the marine turtles and sell to them.
One of the six Chinese nationals, who had told authorities they were from the mainland province of Hainan, spoke Tagalog.
“We’re mobilizing Balabac residents to help us in our campaign to stop these incursions by Chinese fishermen in our waters,” Mitra said.
When they were caught on Thursday, the Chinese’s boat yielded five live marine turtles, three dead ones and assorted fishing paraphernalia, including butchering tools.
Dozens of Chinese poachers had gotten away with illegal fishing in Palawan in the past after national government officials, often the Department of Foreign Affairs, intercede on their behalf amid Chinese government pressure.
China is claiming the entire South China Sea as its territory in a dispute with several other countries in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.

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