MANILA, Philippines — The Embassy of Japan in Manila on Thursday (September 10) clarified reports from various media outfits that the Japanese Coast Guard has called off the search and rescue operation on the missing crew members of Gulf Livestock 1.
Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, Koji Haneda, tweeted that the search and rescue continues.
“Japan Coast Guard is still continuing the Search and Rescue Operation on the Gulf Livestock 1 case. We pray for additional rescues, as many as possible. My thoughts are with the missing crew, their families, and people of the Philippines,” the Japanese official said.
Also on Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Japanese Coast Guard has decided to “transition from full-time search operations” to “usual patrol arrangements” following unsuccessful recoveries since September 5.
“The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo and the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka, wishes to report that the Japanese Coast Guard has decided to transition from full-time search operations for the crew of the missing vessel Gulf Livestock-1 to its usual patrol arrangements as they have found no trace of the ship since 05 September 2020,” the DFA said.
Gulf Livestock 1, a Panamanian-flagged vessel, was lost at sea on September 2 carrying nearly 6,000 live cows and crew members comprised of 39 Filipinos, two New Zealanders and one Australian and one Singaporean.
Two of the Filipino crewmen were rescued alive while a third person later identified as a Filipino national was declared dead on September 5.
The Intramuros Administration said they will adjust the opening schedule of the dungeons of Fort Santiago to fix long lines and waiting time of visitors.
In their Facebook post, the Intramuros Administration announced they will adjust their time schedule for the dungeons of Fort Santiago from 10:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting Sunday (February 16).
“We would like to assure the public that we are taking steps to address current concerns such as long lines and waiting period. We are dedicated to ensuring a better experience for everyone,” their post reads.
The administration also reiterateed their commitment to make Intramuros “more fun than ever”.—AAC
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