The Philippines arrests Taiwanese fisherman for illegal fishing in its waters
MANILA (AFP) - A Taiwanese man has been arrested for illegal fishing in the Philippines, the police said on Thursday, as the two neighbours seek to mend fences after the shooting death of another Taiwanese fisherman in May.
Mr Tsai Po, 54, was detained on Tuesday while diving for lobsters off the coast in the Philippines' Batan group of islands near the maritime border with Taiwan, provincial police officer Victor de Sagon told AFP.
"They have been doing this for a long time. This is rampant poaching," said Mr de Sagon, adding that Mr Tsai was among a group of suspects who were illegally fishing just off Siayan island.
He is to be charged with poaching, which is punishable by a US$100,000 fine (S$127,800), confiscation of his catch, fishing equipment and fishing vessel, the officer added.