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PCG extraction team arrives at Tubbataha

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This undated handout photo received on April 10, 2013 and released by the Philippine coast Guard (PCG) shows coast guard personnel inspecting the Chinese fishing vessel which ran aground off Tubbataha reef in Palawan island, western Philippines. A Chinese fishing boat has run aground on a World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines, roughly 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) from China’s nearest major landmass, authorities said April 9. AFP PHOTO/PCG

MANILA, Philippines—A Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessel was expected to arrive at Tubbataha Reef off Palawan Saturday afternoon to assess the damage and plan the extraction of the Chinese fishing boat Ming Long Yu which ran aground in the area last Monday.

According to PCG spokesperson Cmdr. Armand Balilo, the BRP Corregidor was expected to arrive at Tubbataha by 2 p.m.

The Corregidor is carrying the oil spill response team (OSRT) that is bringing with it marine pollution equipment composed of an oil spill boom and one drum of oil dispersant. It is also carrying Coast Guard medical personnel and Special Operations Group (SOG) members equipped with a rubber boat and diving gear.

Commodore Enrico Efren Evangelista, PCG Palawan district commander, earlier said the weather at Tubbataha was favorable for salvage operations, which are expected to take a week.

Evangelista said one option would be to refloat the Ming Long Yu by siphoning off 80,000 liters of diesel fuel and lightening its load.

He said the vessel’s hull was intact and there was no sign of an oil spill.

Meanwhile, the 12 crew members of the Ming Long Yu were transferred from the Palawan Hall of Justice to the Palawan provincial jail in Puerto Princesa City.

Coast Guard District Palawan is monitoring the Chinese vessel. The PCG said two Coast Guard personnel at Tubbataha along with park rangers were providing security and conducting routine inspections in the area.

Evangelista, together with four park rangers, seven SOG and one Field Station personnel, three Coast Guard K9 handlers with two dogs and one representative from Malayan Towage arrived at Tubbataha Friday night on board the BRP Romblon to inspect the grounded vessel and the reef.


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  • kanoy

    IF THE USA & CHINA CAN GET TOGETHER ON THIS NEITHER WILL HAVE TO PAY ANYBODY FOR MANY MANY YEARS THEY CAN EASILY HANG THIS UP IN WORLD COURT SINCE THERE IS NO WAY THE RP CAN PROVE BEYOND ALL REASONABLE DOUBT WHAT DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY THE USA, CHINA, GREENPEACE OR FILIPINO POACHERS

    • http://twitter.com/Iris2__2 Iris2

      You have a very sound legal point.

      But both US and China will probably pay for whatever damage caused, they are not small minded. Of course I don’t mean PH is small minded, they still have some points to make.

  • http://twitter.com/Iris2__2 Iris2

    This should be done day one, with love of humanity and enviroment.

    Think about it, this is a vast area, it is impossible to have no accidents.

    I was supprised by unfriendly and incompentent of PH’s govt handling of this.

    Instead of put 12 fishermen into jail, they should be in a hotel.

    The hositilty has been seen from the very first minute.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      go to australia and see where they are put for many years it isnt a hotel. chinese fisherman are hated everywhere in the world and when caught are put in prison. just like china does when you enter the country illegally.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      ps when north koreans escape from north korea into china and if they are caught they are returned to north kotra and die. why doesnt kind hearted china pass them on to south korea instead of allowing murder. hypocrites

  • http://twitter.com/Iris2__2 Iris2

    How many days, according to PH law, that people can be detained, put into a jail, without any charges ?

  • http://twitter.com/Iris2__2 Iris2

    Clearly, PH treats Chinese as second class citizen of the world. PH govt would treat her own people that way.

    Instead of taking care of victim of an incident, calming them down emotionally, providing love and care, they harassed them, slandered them, threatened them, treated them like criminals and locked them in a jail.

    DFA should know that there is protocol in dealing with foreigners, it is called diplomacy, or courtesy.

    • HarryK

      Don’t blame our mentality. We have been treated similarly by the Spanish, Americans, and the Japanese for the past centuries and we will now take it out on foreigners that we consider less superior than us.

    • $26149191

      Look what are you talking. You really need your meds. China men are the most racist people of the world. Look at the google in your computer after taking your meds, your computer will educate you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/per.fernandez Per Fernandez

      TO IRIS2 GO TO YOUR HOME LAND. NASASAKTAN KA BA?

  • gusto667

    kung hindi makabayad yang mga INSEK na yan, chop chopin na lang at ibenta por kilo yung bulok nilang barko para lang masapat yung mga damages na nagawa nila.

  • RobDH

    I still don’t hear Philippine members of congress demanding millions of dollars from China as penalty for this grounding. Oh, perhaps because China will just tell them to “pi__ off”.



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