DFA confirms arrest of 200 Filipino fishermen

Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will head to Indonesia after confirming that 200 Filipino fishermen were arrested there.

DFA spokesman Charles Jose said the Filipinos are among 463 fishermen from over 150 boats caught allegedly illegally fishing in the waters of Indonesia.

The fishermen are currently detained in Birau, West Kalimantan.

Jose said the Philippine Consulate will visit the Filipinos to negotiate their release.

They are said to be residents of Birau, but are originally from Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

Indonesia has said to have started its crackdown of fishermen from nearby areas due to their rising number in Indonesian seas.

The Indonesian government said illegal fishing costs their nation around $25 billion a year. Eva Ajero

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