MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Thursday said it has deployed a response team to conduct a survey and inspection operations on a dredger that ran aground off the coast of Botolan, Zambales.
The PCG said the Chinese-registered dredger, MV Zhong Hai 69 Alfa, was grounded last Sunday, June 14 approximately 200 meters off Barangay Bangan.
The survey and inspection conducted by the PCG response team showed that the vessel’s engine room and its compartments have been flooded with seawater.
The team, however, assured there are no signs of oil leaking from the grounded dredger.
The PCG-Zambales said the operator of the ship, Z2K Resources Inc., has pledged to procure additional bilge pumps to be used in the dewatering of the flooded vessel.
PCG Commandant Vice-Admiral George Ursabia Jr. assured that the salvage of the grounded dredger will be strictly supervised by the PCG and that there will be continuous monitoring of the situation.
“The PCG remains on top of the situation. We do not want to add another burden to the current crisis we are facing. Most of all, we do not want the local residents in the area to bear the negative consequences of this situation, especially with the possible harm it can cause to the local marine environment,” Ursabia said.
The PCG is now working round-the-clock to supervise the salvaging of the dredger, he added.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has offered a P2-million bounty to anyone who can provide information on the whereabouts of leaders or commanders of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Aside from this, the President promised to protect the informant and also to provide him or her with a livelihood package.
“Kung sino ang makakapagturo (To anyone who can report to us [their location]),” he said.
“Tapos doon sa Army o pulis, kapag ikaw ang nagturo at nahuli ang komander na mabigat, may hati ka diyan sa pera pero aalisin kita sa lugar mo. Kung taga-Abra ka, ihatid kita sa Mindanao. Bibigyan kita ng lupa at doon ka na lang,” he added.
(Then to a member of the Army or police, if you are the one who could capture a high-profile commander, you will have a share in the bounty but I will reassign you somewhere else. If you are in Abra, I will send you to Mindanao. I will give you a land and you can stay there.)
The President’s offer comes after the recent attacks by the NPA against government forces that were providing security in the distribution of aid in provinces affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. — MNP (with information from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte emphatically threatened to declare martial law if ‘lawlessness’ and attacks by New People’s Army (NPA) will continue against government forces escorting aid distribution in villages amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.
In his public address aired on Friday (April 24) the President said he is directing the military and police for that matter.
“I am now warning everybody and putting notice to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and police. I might declare martial law and there will be no turning back,” President Duterte said.
Army officials have reported recent attacks by NPA rebels on government relief operations such as in Aurora province and in Davao City, killing two soldiers and wounding two others, respectively.
According to the Constitution, any part of the country may be placed under military or martial rule “in case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it.”
On April 16, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the political arm of the NPA, announced that it was extending the unilateral ceasefire with government forces until the end of April to give priority to COVID-19 response. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)
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