Representatives of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources inspect the dead turtles found aboard a Malaysian vessel near Pangutaran Island, Sulu on April 22, 2012. Photo by BFAR Tawi-Tawi provincial chief Faisal Nahul/VERA Files
By Joseph Arnel Deliverio, VERA Files
Jolo, Sulu—Twelve Vietnamese fishermen detained here for stealing endangered marine animals two years ago have yet to be formally charged in court simply because no interpreter has showed up to help get the case moving.
The 12, who are detained at the Sulu provincial jail, are being held for illegally entering Philippine territory and for violating Republic Act 9147, the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
“For lack of an interpreter, they still have to be arraigned in the two major cases,” said Jail Officer Mohammad Sangkula.
“Actually, a representative from the Vietnamese embassy came to Zamboanga City to look into their case,” said Marciano Damih, chief of the provincial office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). The Embassy has made no follow-ups since then, he added.
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