Group seeks search, rescue of 3 fishers missing in Benham Rise

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    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) has urged the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Philippine Navy to hasten the search and rescue operation for three fishermen from Caramoran, Catanduanes who went missing after they left their village to go fishing in Benham Rise on March 23.

    The three missing fishermen were identified as Edwin Briones Sr., 49, his son Edwin Briones Jr., 24, and Dindo Lucero, 31, all residents of Barangay Tubli in Caramoran town.

    “Authorities must locate our poor fishermen who went on fishing expedition off the Benham Rise and as much as possible, must be brought back to their families safe. We are saddened on the reality that our fisherfolk have been always facing danger in their livelihood because of their backward fishing gear and technology that are unable to deal with the unstable and turbulent conditions of the sea," Pamalakaya said in a statement.

    Pamalakaya chairman Fernando Hicap said that “now that the Philippine Navy has deployed a vessel in Benham Rise, they must lead the operation in search of our missing fishermen.”

    The fisherfolk group also asked the government for immediate aid and support for the families of the missing fishermen.

    Benham Rise is a 13-million- hectare resource-rich underwater located east of Luzon.

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