SOME 65 Filipinos who were jailed in Indonesia for illegal fishing have been repatriated, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Philippine Consulate General in Manado told the DFA that after the repatriation of 65 Filipino fishermen, they are scheduling the repatriation of two more batches composed of 71 Filipino fishermen who were also apprehended by maritime enforcement agencies in Bitung for alleged illegal fishing.
Last year, the Consulate General repatriated a total of 689 Filipino fishermen for the same reason.
The Indonesian government is strictly implementing its anti-illegal fishing policy following President Joko Widodo’s creation of the Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force (SATGAS 115) on October 21, 2015 with the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry as Chair.
The repatriations by the Consulate General were made possible through the assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta, the DFA Regional Consular Offices in General Santos City and Davao City, the Indonesian maritime enforcement agencies, and the Indonesian immigration offices.