13 missing after boat sinks near Bajo de Masinloc; search ops underway – PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   November 13, 2019   •   250

MANILA, Philippines – Around 13 Filipino fishermen went missing after their boat sank near Bajo de Masinloc in Zambales last week, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Wednesday.

In a statement, the PCG said it is currently conducting operations to search for the missing fishermen of “FFB Three Sister.”

The agency said the fishing vessel sank on Nov. 7 at around 3 a.m. as it was sailing from Recto (also called Reed) Bank going to Barangay Sisiman in Mariveles, Bataan.

Strong winds and huge waves brought about by Tropical Cyclone ‘Quiel’ allegedly caused the boat to sink.

A few days after the incident, a fisherman named Angelito Epetito Jr. was rescued after he was found floating using a container along Bajo de Masinloc.

The PCG said the boat mishap was only reported to its station in Bataan through a radio communication on Nov. 11, adding that a team was immediately deployed after it received the information.

The rescued fisherman said he got separated from his companions and was unable to regroup with them.

He said he remained afloat for four days until rescue came.

The PCG said it has dispatched three of its floating assets – the BRP Tubbataha, BRP Capones and the BRP Boracay – to search and save the lives of the missing fishers.

It added that it is also set to coordinate with the Chinese Coast Guard to seek information on the possible whereabouts of the 13 missing fishermen.

Bags of smuggled cigarettes seized in Sulu – PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   December 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Three bags containing alleged smuggled cigarettes from Malaysia were seized in a vessel at the Port of Jolo, Sulu, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Thursday.

The PCG said the bags of cigarettes were found on board a ship en route to Zamboanga City on December 2.

Based on its inventory, the bags contained a total of 77 reams of menthol cigarettes estimated to have a market value of P30,800.

The PCG said its personnel confiscated the items after no one appeared to claim to be its owner following a random inspection on the vessel.

The seized items were turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Customs-Port of Jolo for further investigation.

Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ strands over 6,500 passengers in various ports

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – More than 6,000 passengers were left stranded in various ports in the country as typhoon ‘Tisoy’ (international name: Kammuri) continues to dump rains in parts of Luzon and the Visayas.

Based on the monitoring of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), as of 8 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 3), a total of 6,523 passengers were stranded in various port terminals in Central Visayas, Southern Tagalog, Western Visayas, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Southern Visayas.

Operations of a total 1,611 rolling cargoes, 127 vessels, and 63 motorbancas were also temporarily suspended due to the inclement weather condition.

Around 247 vessels and 142 motorbancas, meanwhile, took shelter as of Tuesday morning.

The PCG also posted photos on its Facebook page on its efforts to evacuate residents from coastal areas as ‘Tisoy’ continues to pummel parts of the country.

Among those evacuated were some residents from Isla Puting Bato in Tondo, Manila.

LOOK: The PCG Team assisted evacuees of Isla Puting Bato, Tondo, Manila and brought them to Delpan Evacuation Center in…

Posted by Philippine Coast Guard on Monday, 2 December 2019

Some 2,000 residents from municipalities of Buhi and Caramoan in Camarines Sur were also evacuated.

LOOK: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station in Camarines Sur conducted a mass evacuation in the municipalities of…

Posted by Philippine Coast Guard on Monday, 2 December 2019

Meanwhile, the PCG reiterated its advisory that no vessel will be allowed to sail when a tropical cyclone warning signal is raised in an area due to big waves and strong winds brought about by the typhoon.

Liwanen wins gold in 63-kg folk wrestling event, PCG’s Mosqueda wins silver in 57-kg

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2019

Estie Gay Liwanen (L) and PCG PO3 Jenilou Mosqueda (R)

Estie Gay Liwanen wrestled her way for the gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games kurash, or folk wrestling, 63-kg category on Sunday (December 1) at the Laus Group Event Centre, Pampanga.

Meanwhile, a member of the Philippine Coastguard (PCG) PO3 Jenilou Mosqueda managed to bag the silver medal in the 57-kg category.

Helen Dawa won the bronze medal in the 52-kg category while Jayson Senales also nabbed a bronze medal in the 90-kg.—AAC

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