Filipino fishery worker hacked 2 crew members to death, forced 6 others overboard
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
A Pingtung District Court on Tuesday found Aurelio Arafiles Fronda guilty of homicide, attempted murder, and abandonment of a body, reported UDN. Fronda was the chief officer on the ill-fated Wen Peng (穩鵬號) longliner, which is registered in Pingtung County’s Donggang Township.
At 3 a.m. on Feb. 20, 2019, approximately 1,540 nautical miles from Port Louis, Mauritius, “A fight broke out when the chief officer hacked two of his crew to death in a disciplinary action dispute," according to a Taiwanese Fisheries Agency spokesperson. Of the ship's crew of 24, which included three Taiwanese, ten Filipinos, and eleven Indonesians, six reportedly jumped overboard to flee from Fronda. [FULL STORY]