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Huli ka! Ex-CamNorte councilor Abanto nabbed for unauthorized fishing

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Former Mercedes, Camarines Norte municipal councilor Wenefredo Abanto Jr. and four others have been arrested for alleged violation of the Philippine Fisheries Code.

The Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office identified the other suspects as Alfonso Pangilinan 63, Arthur Flores 43, Rodrigo Escovañez 52, and Ric Cortez 31, all residents of Mercedes town.

A Brigada News FM Daet report Thursday (June 8) bared that Abanto and company were netted by virtue of a warrant of arrest for violation of Section 86 of Republic Act (RA) 8550, better known as the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998.

Municipal Trial Court Acting Presiding Judge Victoria Dino-Reyes issued the warrant, which basically said that then suspects engaged in unauthorized fishing.

Aside from Section 86, the suspects also reportedly violated Section 90 regarding the use of active gear in municipal waters and bays and other fishery management.

A total bail bond of P3,000 each from the two offenses were recommend for the temporary liberty of the suspects. #