Coast Guard clears Chinese ship of liabilities other than fine

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CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Philippine Coast Guard  has cleared a Chinese cargo ship anchored off a diving resort in nothern Cebu for more than a month of any criminal or other liability except for a fine for not notifying Philippine maritime authorities of their arrival in the country.

Cmdr. Weniel Azcuna, operations officer of PCG in Central Visayas, told the Inquirer that the MV Ming Yuan, a Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier, had complied with all safety requirements. But he added before the ship is allowed to sail to its original destination, the owner of the vessel would have to pay the penalty for failing to file a notice of arrival.

Azcuna said any foreign vessel entering the country is required to inform the Bureau of Quarantine, Bureau of Immigration and Bureau of Customs of its arrival.

He said, however, that he did not know how much the penalty was because it was the  Bureau of Immigration that made the computation.

Based on the vessel’s arrival report given by skipper, Azcuna said the bulk carrier arrived in the Philippines on May 19 from Taipei, Taiwan. It was heading to Isabel town in Leyte to pick up some cargo but was advised the cargo was not yet ready.

The crew decided to drop anchor in the waters between Malapascua and Carnasa islands off the northernmost tip of Cebu. Its long presence raised suspicion among residents that the vessel might siphon off the islands’ prized white sand.

Barangay officials informed Bantay Dagat (Sea Watch) and the police about the Chinese vessel. The police, in turn, informed the Coast Guard, which inspected the bulk carrier on Friday along with representatives from the Bureau of Customs, the Bureau of Quarantine and the Bureau of Immigration.

The vessel is now anchored 1.3 nautical miles northwest of Tapilo Point in the municipality of Daanbantayan in northern Cebu, Azcuna said.

He said the authorities advised the crew to move the vessel closer to Tapilon Point because it “is the best sheltering area.”

He said representatives from the Chinese Embassy visited his office on Saturday to ask about the progress of their report as they were concerned about the safety of the 24 Chinese crewmen aboard.

In the meantime, Rex Novabos, chief of Barangay Logon on Malapascua, said the presence of the vessel did not affect the any of the protected areas on or around the island.

He said the vessel was far from the three marine protected areas on Gapo Islet, Lapus-lapus Island and Monad Shoal.

The Bantay Dagat (Sea Watch) team on Malapascua has been monitoring the vessel, he added.

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  • Kabayan

    Notifying PCG? Mga PCG, di kayo inotify kung may dumating! magbantay kayo!

  • 1Fz20

    just shows that any foreign vessel can leisurely penetrate deep into out territory without the military/police knowing.

  • avmphil

    If that vessel was at anchor for that long and was operating on a commercial run, surely the skipper and crew will get the BOOT for total wastage in time and money for the owners. No notification, any distress signals was transmitted to Port Authorities in accordance with International Maritime Laws. But they knew how to get to the Chinese Embassy in time. As posted before, a huge Chinese syndicate is at work to destroy this country creditability.

    This vessel was about to carry enormous “illegal” merchandise (bulk cargo vessel) but a breakdown had intercepted and the clandestine operation was aborted. Caught red-handed it was the Chinese Embassy- as usual- came for the rescue. The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines is staffed by a legation specialized in rescue of Chinese criminals in every misdemeanor perpetrated…and full time too. What next will these parasites do? Only the Chinese Embassy will know.

    • 3xposed

      Is this how this entire country operates? Rumor mill? Unless you are suggesting the Philippine officials that checked the vessel out have failed, the ship was cleared. How do you know whether the owner was not charging the customer that contracted the run for overtime? What distress signal? Filipino officials boarded the ship, ran ID which means eventually contacting owner and country of origin. If there’s some illegal merchandise, where is it? Was there any sand found? Making up stuff is easy, why don’t you go raid the place in Isabel Town, Leyte where the cargo is delayed then. That’s where PHILPHOS and PASAR are located. The vessel is a bulk carrier.

      You mean to say Philippine Embassies around the world don’t protect their citizens, even if it means trying to dictate to the Bahamas that they should still hire OFWs over their own people, that undocumented OFWs in Saudi Arabia should be given a reprieve, that OFWs who committed murder in the host nation should be given more time to raise blood money, think twice before you speak of the word parasites because you’re talking about yourselves as well.

      • avmphil

        Stop your crap. You are nothing but a Chink yourself or a total Tsekwa supporter. Read between my lines and understand. Every respective embassy of a nation is dutifully bound to provide a national of that country and if needed, all assistance in a manner deemed appropriate. But the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines has a “dedicated” legation to see almost every misdemeanors carried by their nationals in this country. Come on, don’t twist my post to suit your agenda. Best known to yourself.

      • 3xposed

        Right, like your crap is special. Where’s the proof on the supposed bust? You’re nothing but a typical trash talking Flip, I noticed most of you are racist loathing types. You’ll look past your own people’s misdeeds like it’s some tragic incident and then play up on others with nothing but conspiracy theories.

        The Philippines Embassy doesn’t go to great lengths to protect Filipino criminals? Keep kidding to yourself. How many Filipinos could use real help but countless resources get spent instead on trying to delay some convicted Filipino’s execution and to raise blood money. Heck, even your Philippine Embassies conduct sexual crimes themselves. Yeah, in your eyes, that’s not “dedicated” legation but don’t think for a second others laugh at such logic.

      • avmphil

        Hey filthy China creep your time shows you are somewhere washing noodle plates or involved in some nefarious trade. Whatever affluence and wherever you worms burrow, we don’t care .So insecure you punks are throughout the World, even the African pygmies are sick to see exploiting them. I remember once Mao told African leaders that he will send 1,000 female Chinese to change the African other” color” he never did.

        Don’t kid yourself you own this country Living on borrowed land and borrowed time for filthy characters like you are over in many ASEAN countries and the world at large. This has country had shown extreme humanity and magnanimity by even sitting a Fil-Chinese inside Malacanang and you, call Filipinos racists? For how long you guys are going to strangle this nation? One more generation that’s the time you got

      • 3xposed

        Stick your head in the sand like an ostrich, what a loser, you attempting to paint what I do for a living is a sign of reaching for straws. Instead of telling me where your proof is on your fantasy bust hypothesis, this is the usual response when confronted on your over-exaggerated posts, trying to take swipes below the belt. Just listen to your retarded logic, quote me where I ever said I own your country. It is you who shouldn’t kid yourself, not interested in the slightest bit of owning your country and the baggage that comes with it. You deserved to be called racists by the content of your posts. Just because there’s a Fil-Chinese president means squat about your supposed humanity and magnanimity because it doesn’t reflect what’s more important, the attitude and perception by the likes of you. Again, your B S fantasy hypothesis clearly reflects racism and prejudice over logic and rationality. Just a week or two earlier, a Vietnamese ship runs aground and does more damage but the response isn’t this knee-jerk vile. Furthermore, I’ve observed enough here to identify the hypocrisy in the likes of you. A Fil-Chinese means that person is also Filipino, whatever gripes you hold that person is a person in whole, meaning the Filipino side of that person is equally taking the action that offends you. But you silly folk will praise it’s the Filipino side whenever a Fil-Chinese person does something you find favorable and then blame the Chinese side should it be unfavorable. Stupid and asinine. It’s the same abroad, if some Fil-whatever other nationality person abroad does something good, the likes of you cling to this individual and boast its the Filipino side that is succeeding. If there happens to be a Fil-whatever other nationality person that ends up committing a crime, you’re quick to disavow this person, saying it’s the influence of that whatever other nationality that individual has, it’s not the Filipino side. I don’t care how many generational time you want to chest thump over, whether you want to improve your country or not is entirely up to you. But considering you spend more time acting like a gossipy housewife using race based fictional conspiracy theories, I don’t see the future being very hopeful for the Philippines.

      • avmphil

        What a silly yarn you are spinning… fool. You have that split guilt in your depraved mind and when one points your dirty attitude apart from your kind, you get wild and protest. But chicken out if a Caucasian pin you down like that in Canada, the US even the UK. Full of rubbish you post. That much I should point out to you filthy fellow.

      • Shoei

        U racism foolish pathetic scumbag, r u trying to tell me philipino is not all over d world making money out of washing dishes??? Hahaha!!! Lmfao…. My maid is philipino ok… She wash my clothing too… I’m kind enough not to let her do d washing of my underwear… As I know she is here all lonely in a foreign land leaving beloved family far behind just to earn for a living but… I will stuff my filthy undies into ur Vernon spiller mouth as u don’t even deserve any respect….

      • 3xposed

        All you’ve pointed out is your feebleness in your rebuttals because now all you do is fixate on trying to insult me and nothing else. Once again, needing to defer to other people like the US, Canada, and UK for your hubris.

  • ThudOthwacker

    As a fine, confiscate the ship. Use it as a dummy target for our airforce air to ship missile practice.

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