Philippines arrests 6 Chinese fishermen
Manila - Six Chinese fishermen have been arrested in the western Philippines for illegal fishing, a police spokesperson says.
A team of navy officers and marines intercepted the fishing boat off the Balabac island, which is part of Palawan province, 600km southwest of Manila.
They found 11 endangered sea turtles and fishing equipment in the boat, said police spokesperson Agrimero Cruz.
Authorities were preparing to charge the Chinese nationals with illegally fishing in Philippine waters and catching endangered species, Cruz said.
Poaching is a major irritant in diplomatic relations between Manila and Beijing, with dozens of Chinese fishermen caught illegally fishing in Philippine waters every year.
The Philippines and China have rival claims to resource-rich marine territory in the South China Sea, parts of which are also disputed by Vietnam, Taiwan and others.