Coast Guard personnel arrested for fatal shooting of Cebu fisherman

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) — Two Coast Guard personnel have been arrested and detained for the fatal shooting of a fisherman off the coast of Malapascua Island in Daanbantayan, Cebu Friday night.

Local police identified the victim as Rolex Casebo of Barangay Antipolo in Medellin town. The two arrested PCG personnel—Seaman First Class Jason Hermoso de Padua and Seaman Second Class Christian Almencion Almorade—are both assigned in Barangay Logon in Malapascua.

Investigators said de Padua and Almorade had confronted two boats for alleged illegal fishing off Dakit-Dakit Island, which located near their jurisdiction.

The entire island is under Barangay Logon, located over 130 kilometers North of Cebu City. It is home to the famous Thresher Sharks and has several protected sanctuaries where commercial fishing is prohibited.

Authorities said the PCG personnel fired "several" warning shots but "accidentally" hit one of the fishermen.

At around 11:50 pm, the boat captain reported the incident to police, who then proceeded to the Maya Port to look for the two PCG personnel involved.

After a few hours, de Padua and Almorade surrendered and are now detained at the Medellin Police Station.

The PCG Central Visayas has yet to issue a statement on the incident.