Thursday, January 18, 2018

Aguirre probes missing Indonesian navy men who escorted shipping firm owned by GenSan mayor

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the disappearance of four Indonesian navy officials who were last seen escorting a Filipino fishing vessel in December 2016.

Aguirre issued Department Order No. 399 which instructed the NBI “to conduct investigation and case build-up over the disappearance of four Indonesian Navy personnel last December 2016 who escorted Filipino fishermen on board FB Nurhana near the border between the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Indonesia.”

“People do not just disappear. When people suddenly disappear without any explanation, it becomes a serious matter that should be investigated,” he said in a statement.

“If a crime is committed relative to such disappearances, the responsible persons must be held accountable. We need to get to the bottom of this,” he assured.

The missing Indonesian officials were identified as Faisal Dwi Andarta, Dian Mahendra, Badnur Rohim and Rizky Dwi Zeptiano onboard the Nurhana on the way to Talaud Island.

They were escorting the fishing vessel along with its captain and two crew to Talaud island after being caught encroaching in Indonesian waters. The other 21 crew members have been detained in Bitung.

The captain of the vessel was later found in General Santos City as he claimed Nurhana caught fire and sank along with the Indonesians.

The fishing vessel is allegedly owned by the father of General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera.


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