The Philippines prepares charges against Taiwan fisherman for straying into its waters
MANILA (AFP) - The Philippine police said on Saturday there was strong evidence to charge a Taiwanese fisherman detained after he strayed into the archipelago's waters - an incident that is threatening reviving relations between the neighbours.
Government prosecutors are preparing poaching charges against Mr Tsai Po, who was held on Tuesday near the Philippines' Batan Islands, close to the maritime border with Taiwan, police officer Victor de Sagon said.
The police allege that Mr Tsai, 54, intentionally entered Philippine waters and then tried to flee when a maritime fishing patrol approached him.
"Our evidence is quite strong. He was collecting lobster, ornamental fish and sharks," Mr de Sagon told AFP.