Chinese fishing boat still stuck on reef; crew taken to Palawan


In this Jan. 22, 2013 photo released by the Philippine Coast Guard, coast guard divers approach the USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper, to assess the situation after it ran aground last week off Tubbataha Reef. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Chinese fishing boat Min Long Yu is still grounded on the north atoll of the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea but its 12 crew members have been transferred by a Philippine Coast Guard ship to Puerto Princesa in Palawan, the Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo, the Coast Guard spokesperson, said the 48-meter boat remained stuck on the same spot where it ran aground on Monday night and was “being closely guarded by PCG and Navy personnel, as well as Tubbataha Marine Park rangers.”

In a text message to the Inquirer, Balilo said the Coast Guard’s search-and-rescue ship BRP Romblon arrived at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday in Puerto Princesa with the 12 Chinese nationals found aboard the grounded vessel.

After initial questioning, the Chinese were to be turned over to the Palawan office of the National Committee on Illegal Entrants, he said, referring to the boat’s crew as “suspected poachers and illegal migrants.”

Rear Adm. Rodolfo Isorena, the PCG commandant, said the Coast Guard would help refloat the stranded vessel, said to be based in Fujian, China.

The Chinese boat ran aground at 11:40 p.m. on Monday about 1.1 nautical miles east of the marine park’s ranger station.

The Tubbataha Reef Management Office has yet to determine the damage caused by the vessel to the coral reefs.

The US Navy minesweeper USS Guardian, which got stock on another Tubbataha atoll on January 17, was removed on March 30 after being dismantled piece by piece.

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  • nopyi123

    PHL don’t you dare let those Chinese go back to their country without a criminal case filed against them,if you do, you really have NO BALLS at all.

    • 18C0501

      wala na matino sa gobyerno natin

  • Albert Einstien

    i have to go to tubbataha reef next month and investigate…….there are THREE POSSIBILITIES down there…

    1. the LOST GREAT ATLANTIS is beneath our waters…….
    they have
    been searching for it in ages..Plato describes Atlantis as an isle that
    had its position in the Atlantic ( The Atlantic was imagined as the
    ocean surrounding the former known continents, meaning Africa and
    Eurasia). chinese & world scholars has been searching ATLANTIS in
    south china sea….but in vain…

    2.the americans has a secret underground military base..where nuclear
    tipped ICBMs are kept…part of their pacific defense umbrella…

    3 GOD is there … Gas, Oil & .Deuterium was found also at tubbataha reef…

  • DGuardian

    Deliberate ang pagpasok at pagsadlak ng Chinese fishing boat sa Tubbataha. At marami silang masamang hangarin at dahilan kaya nakarating sila hanggang malapit sa atoll. Maaaring may go-signal ito ng pamahalaang Tsina para manggulo at para libangin na naman ang Pilipinas sa kung anumang ginagawa ng Tsina sa West Philippine Sea. Dapat ay nirerekorida nang regular ang Panatag Shoal at maging ang Spratlys. Baka nagdi-drill na doon for oil ay hindi pa alam ng Pilipinas. Isa pang dahilan ay ang labis na inggit ng Tsina sa mga yamang dagat ng Pilipinas. Laging nalalagay sa mga balita na kakompetensya ng Tubbataha ang Great Barrier Reefs ng Australia sa ganda at gusto ng Tsina na wasakin ang ating national heritage na isang world heritage site ng UNESCO.

    Isa pang dahilan ng mga buwitre ay gusto nilang mag-poach ng mga corals, endangered marine species, at iba pang yamang dagat na icu-cultivate nila dahil sa natatanging ganda at ilalagay nila sa mga giant aquariums na ipinagawa ng Tsina para maka-attract ng mga tourists. Dapat ay ikulong ng 30 years ang mga Chinese na lulan ng fishing boat at pagbayarin ng 1.4 million dollars sa giniba nila para huwag na silang pamarsan ng iba pang masasamang loob. Wala dapat na bail ang mga ito dahil tiyak na tatakas sila.

  • Candida Ruiz

    As of the latest update, 2 Chinese officials want the fishermen released … WHAT ? These Chinese officials are very arrogant to ask that we release the prisoners with no sanctions at all. My God. What is the government doing ? Penoy !!!! Ano ka ba naman, we understand that you are part Chinese, pero isipin mo naman na ginagago ka na ng mga Chinese na yan. Or is it because you are amenable to giving the Chinese whatever they want, including parts of the country … I did not grow to this age without knowing what is right and what is wrong, and I know what is happening is dead wrong …. I think it’s time for you to grow up as well. Because if you continue to do nothing, then I think you will hear the Filipinos speak ….

    • Yxon

      palagi nay yan nangyari…dami palai nahuhuli dyan sa palawan waters na chinese fishermen…binabayaran palagi yan ng kanilang embassy to be released…ang problema ang liit lang cguro ng multa….kay naman DENR,BFAR sana pagtuunan nyo naman to ng pansin…huwg lang lagi nakaupo dyan sa nyong ofis…labas na kayp dyan…denr wla namang ginagawa na nagyon…ubos na kasiang ating kabundokan

  • Albert Einstien

    CHINA’s move is obvious…gather intel, expose whatever secrets of US down there & bring their aircraft carrier legally to the TUBBATAHA reef…..RP govt will be requested by china to do & be given the same perquisites GRANTED to US ships in removing their hi-tech war ship but manned unfortunately by their very competent US navy ..imagine china carrier in OUR TERRITORY for 2 MONTHS……those chinese fishermen are FISHING indeed NOT fish but INTELLIGENCE…..yet they will be only charged with poaching.. that is why china keeps on sending its INTEL FISHERMEN… .lol

  • Rasputin Casanova

    baka yan d nyo pag bayarin. panawagan sa 2 senador..kwentahin na ang presyo ng pinsala na nagawa nyan…..

  • adriel0104

    gawin tinapa ang mga yan..

  • joboni96


    ma imperyalista man o hegemonistang intsik switik

    psy war yan ng intsik switik
    mga galamay yan ng intsik switik navy

  • $5699914

    The locust of this region: CHINA.

  • Mac Donniel

    put them inside the can.. sardinas.

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