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PCG clears Chinese ship of liability

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has cleared of any liability the Chinese vessel that dropped anchor in the waters of Malapascua Island off Cebu’s northern tip.

Commander Weniel Azcuna, PCG operations officer in Central Visayas, told the Inquirer the MV Ming Yuan, a Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier, had complied with all safety requirements.

But he said the vessel’s owner would have to pay a penalty for failing to file a notice of arrival, before it would be allowed to sail to its final destination.

Azcuna said a foreign vessel entering the Philippines is required to inform the bureaus of quarantine, immigration and customs of its arrival.

He said he did not know how much the fine was because it was the Bureau of Immigration that computes the penalty.

Azcuna said the bulk carrier arrived in the Philippines on May 19 from Taipei.

It headed to Isabel town in Leyte to pick up cargo that had not arrived.

The crew dropped anchor between Malapascua and Carnasa islands to await the arrival of the cargo but its presence raised suspicions among residents that the vessel was there to load the islands’ prized white sand.

Barangay officials informed Bantay Dagat and police about the vessel. The police informed the Coast Guard, which inspected the ship on Friday with representatives of the three bureaus.

The vessel is anchored 1.3 nautical miles northwest of Tapilon Point, Daanbantayan, Cebu.

Azcuna said representatives from the Chinese Embassy came to his office on Saturday to ask about the progress of their investigation as they were concerned about the safety of the 24 crewmen on board. Carmel Matus, Inquirer Visayas

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  • kilabot

    this is becoming a trend
    under noykapon govt.

    • RedRose_13

      Lumang trend na yan noong pang kapanahunan ni Gat Lapu-lapu. Paano ba nakarating sa atin ang barko ni Magellan, Legazpi, Limahong, atbp.?

  • RedRose_13

    Complied with the safety standards? Do they have the right to sail in our waters? Hindi natin alam kung ang mga yan ay nagde-deploy na ng mga PLA nila.

  • BakbakanNa

    Manga pe nalang tas Honkeira ug Sanciangko.

  • Patikotiko

    They’ve been doing that for centuries. It’s only now that they are checked because our sea watchers are doing their job…. We need more patrol boats from Japan USec Gazmin…. Hello!!! Are you there???

  • Sulong na PILIPINAS!

    this truly shows that if citizens/fishermen helps in coastal watch is very helpful. PCG/Navy should setup an SMS/Mobile hotline to directly report suspicious vessels or activities while they out fishing!

  • Rizal Bayani

    Could this be the height of stupidity and negligence of the Philippine Coastguard and other agencies task to safeguard our country? Paanong nakapasok ito hanggang Cebu ng hindi manlang napansin? Katangahan, Katamaran, Kagaguhan ba ang maitatawag dito? Magtrabaho kayo!

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