Coral poachers flee PH

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Monday demanded the sacking of two prosecutors for sitting on criminal cases against a Chinese trader and his wife who later fled the country after being tagged in a foiled attempt to smuggle P35 million worth of black corals.

Enrile also directed the Department of Justice to seek the extradition of Li Yu Ming, alias Joe Pring, and his Filipino wife Olivia Li, who reportedly escaped before authorities could place them on an immigration hold-departure order.

At the resumption of the Senate hearing on the smuggling attempt, Enrile thrashed Zamboanga City Assistant Prosecutors Alfredo Jimenez Jr. and Gladdy Bernabe for delaying the resolution of poaching cases against the Li couple.

Enrile called the prosecutors inept and asked for their resignation, even as he recommended that the justice department take over the investigation of the cases against the couple.

“They have to be brought here to answer [charges]. We’re not going to be satisfied with filing a case. We want a conviction,” he said.

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