On or about 12 Jan 16, twenty five (25) fishermen engaged in illegal fishing were apprehended by 19th Special Forces Company at around 9:40 this morning in the coastal areas of Brgy Kulay Bato, Lamitan City, Basilan as part of their service for environmental protection and law enforcement. Allegedly, the apprehended fishermen were using improvised explosives (bong-bong) to effortlessly catch fish. Prior to apprehension, they were able to cast two explosives which were audibly heard by troops of the 19SFC near the coastal area of Brgy Kulay Bato. Upon hearing the explosion, the troops of 19SFC immediately responded with one Special Forces team led by CPT Dexter P Dantog and six Enlisted Personnel utilizing a condor 115HP assault boat. They were able to apprehend twenty five (25) fishermen engaged in illegal fishing and confiscated twenty one (21) motorized pump boats. The apprehended fishermen and the confiscated pump boats were turned over to the proper authority for disposition and proper filing of charges.

Source:  ZamboTimes