Philippine shipwreck looters foiled

Source: Philippine Inquirer 20140328

Five shipwreck looters were caught trying to salvage a wreck in the Subic Bay without permission (but later released?)

Source: Philippine Inquirer 20140328
Source: Philippine Inquirer 20140328

5 charged with looting shipwreck in Subic Bay
Inquirer, 28 March 2014

Five men from Bataan province have been charged this week with looting an underwater shipwreck which the Subic diving community considers a historical treasure.

The unlicensed salvage operations took place about 200 meters from the shoreline of Grande Island, prompting the police to charge Danilo Casapao, Junel Rivera, Armando Salazar, Manuel Casapao and Michael Eduarte, all from Barangay (village) Mabayo in Morong town, in the office of the Bataan provincial prosecutor in Balanga City on Tuesday.

Police caught the suspects picking through a wrecked ship near Grande Island on March 20. But police released them for lack of evidence. The suspects are at large.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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