Seized motorboat taken in Caramoran hijacking
Caramoran, Catanduanes  ·  
posted 23-Apr-2019  ·  
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A motorized banca seized by the police in December 2018 during an anti-illegal fishing operation off Caramoran town has gone missing last week, apparently hijacked by unknown suspects and taken back to the mainland.

A concerned citizen of barangay Baybay informed the police at 4 P.M. of April 10, 2019 that the yellow motorized banca confiscated last Dec. 6, 2018 was missing from where it was docked at the port.

The police subsequently verified the report and found that the seized evidence had disappeared.

Information gathered by investigators disclosed that around 1 A.M. that morning, a fisherman from Toytoy who was fishing in the sea was nearly hit by a large motorboat with no lights, coming from the mainland and heading towards the area where the confiscated banca was berthed.

The Caramoran police is already coordinating with the police in Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte for the possible apprehension of the suspects and the recovery of the motorized banca.

It may be recalled that last Dec. 6, 2018, eight suspected illegal fishermen from Camarines Norte were caught by local policemen at the Manong area of Toytoy.

A case for violation of Sec. 92 of Republic Act 8550 as amended by RA 10654 has been filed against Jose Serit, 37, Glady Incontro, 40, Dennis Caranza, 34, Joel Royol, 30, Anthony Barian, 27, Jay Mark Florez, 28, Jerry Roldan, 23, and Roy Royol, 23.

The eight suspects were on board a motorized banca and in possession of two styropor boxes of “dalagang bukid” allegedly caught through the use of dynamite and five pieces of “lapu-lapu” believed caught through the use of sodium cyanide.

Also seized as evidence were three pieces of improvised explosives locally known as “bigas-bigas” and attached to a steel bar, half-a-container of ammonium nitrate (bigas-bigas), two plastic bottles of a chemical believed to be sodium cyanide, seven pieces of detonating cord with blasting caps, 23 pieces blasting caps, five rolled detonating cords and other fishing gear, a yellow wooden boat (sibid-sibid), fish finder, compressor hose, engine and tank, goggle, two pairs of improvised diving fins, five fish catching nets (silo), two spear guns, fish hook, oxygen tank, matchboxes, lighter, nine empty styro boxes, bouy, 12 empty “litro” bottles, and a fish net with nylon rope.

In Agojo, San Andres, information from the Bantay Dagat of the Agojo Fish Sanctuary led to the arrest of fishermen Sammy Solsona, 43, and his brother Ronnie, 37, both of Cabcab, while fishing with the use of a fine mesh net in violation of fishery laws.

The team confiscated two kilos of assorted fish, 400 meters of the net, and the motorized banca from the suspects.

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