Palace: Vessel to stay in Subic
THE NORTH Korean ship MV Jin Teng will remain impounded in Subic Bay port in Zambales until authorities complete their investigation, Malacañang said Tuesday.
“It was decided that the Coast Guard will continue to hold the vessel until the investigation has been completed,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told reporters.
“It was also agreed that the crew may be allowed to leave if justified by the results of the investigation,” he said.
Coloma said while an initial investigation had been conducted, the Coast Guard was still looking into the ship and its cargo “with respect to the full inquiry and investigation that the UN Security Council resolution requires.”
He said there was no deadline for the completion of the investigation.
“I am not aware of any time restriction imposed by the United Nations,” Coloma said.
He said the government was merely “complying” with the Security Council resolution that imposed sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program.
Coloma also said an interagency meeting had been held by representatives of the Coast Guard, the departments of justice, foreign affairs and transportation and the immigration bureau “to discuss further actions.” Nikko Dizon
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