DAUIN / NEGROS ORIENTAL / PHILIPPINEN — A HOLD departure order was issued against a Russian national who was arrested for killing an endangered green sea turtle in Dauin town, Negros Oriental on Wednesday afternoon, May 17.
Dauin police chief Bernabe Rubio said on Friday that Regional Trial Court Branch 44 Judge Neciforo Enot issued a release order, including a hold departure order, against 35-year-old Anton Likharev of Vladivostok, Russia, who posted P40,000 bail late Thursday.
The police chief added that a copy of the court order would be furnished to Bureau of Immigration so it can issue a hold departure order against the Russian national. Rubio said Likharev was informed of the hold order and was released from detention late Thursday, in the presence of his Filipino girlfriend. Likharev promised to remain at his rented apartment in Masaplod Sur, Dauin, Negros Oriental according to Rubio.
The Russian national was charged for violation of Section 102 of Republic Act 10654 or the Amended Fisheries Code in relation to the death of a Green Sea Turtle on Wednesday. Police arrested him after a Bantay Dagat (fish warden) intercepted Likharev getting out of the water with what later turned out to be a Green Sea Turtle that had a spear embedded in its head which caused its untimely death.
Likharev told police investigators he did not see the turtle resting among the corals while he was targeting some fish with a spear gun inside the marine sanctuary in Masaplod Sur.
Police are investigating how Likharev managed to slip in unnoticed the spear gun as it is unlawful to use it inside a protected marine sanctuary, said Rubio.
Environmentalists and netizens who saw the pictures of the dead sea turtle have cried foul over its demise and are seeking justice for its death. Danny Ocampo, a staunch environmentalist and who works for a non-government organization as an oceans campaign director, expressed disgust saying, “What this person did was deplorable considering that he did it in an area known both for tourism and marine conservation”. “The worse part of it is that he killed an endangered species in an area visited by a lot of tourists to see living sea turtles. He should be held accountable for violating several of our laws,” Ocampo added.