Paghahanap sa Mahigit 300 Nawawalang Mangingisda sa Gensan, Nagpapatuloy — PCG

admin   •   December 12, 2012   •   2512

Si Task Force Maritime Search and Rescue Gensan Spokesperson Lt. Commander Lued Lincuna ng Philippine Navy, habang ipinapakita ang graph ng location ng Search and Rescue operation ng Navy at Coast Guard sa apektadong lugar ng Typhoon Bopha o Bagyong Pablo sa General Santos City, nitong Martes, December 11, 2012. (UNTV / PHOTOVILLE International / Ritchie Tongo)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Patuloy pa rin ang ginagawang paghahanap ng Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) sa mahigit 300 mangingisdang nawawala sa General Santos City sa kasagsagan ng pananalasa ng bagyong Pablo noong nakaraang linggo.

Ayon kay TF Maritime Search and Rescue-Gensan Spokesman Lt. Commander Lued Lincuna, nakasentro ngayon ang kanilang paghahanap sa East coast ng Bagagangga, Miangas at Balut, na posibleng lokasyon ng mga fishing boat at ng mga nawawalang mangingisda.

“Ipagpapatuloy po natin ang operation, search and rescue, mag-uutilize din po tayo ng dalawang aircraft para dun, tuloy-tuloy pa rin po ang search and rescue natin sa area ng mga victim ng super typhoon Pablo”

Sa pinakahuling tala ng Task Force Search and Rescue-Gensan, nasa 35 mangingisda na ang na-rescue, 6 ang kumpirmadong patay at 342 nanatiling missing, habang 48 fishing boat pa rin ang pinaghahanap at wala pa ring komunikasyon. (Ritchie Tongo & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Taiwan gov’t lauds PH Court ruling in Balintang shooting incident

Marje Pelayo   •   September 19, 2019

TAIWAN – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday (September 18) lauded the Manila Regional Trial Court’s ruling on eight personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in the May 2013 Balintang Channel shooting incident.

A Taiwanese fisherman named Hung Tzu-chien was killed in the incident.

In a statement, MOFA said both countries have worked closely to resolve the matter six years after.

However, the eight men can still appeal the ruling thus MOFA and Taiwan’s representative office in the Philippines said they will closely monitor future developments on the matter.

The court ruled that the convicted men were guilty of homicide and sentenced them 8 to 14 years in jail.

The court also ordered them to “jointly” pay P50,000 in civil indemnity and another P50,000 in moral damages to the heirs of the victim.

In a statement, the Philippine’s representative office in Taiwan, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), expressed regret over the matter.

“We hope that both parties would eventually overcome the emotional strain that this regretful incident brought about more than six years ago and that our peoples can move on towards strengthening our bonds of friendship,” MECO said in its statement.

Manila court rules in favor of Taiwanese fisherman in Balintang shooting incident

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The eight personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) who were involved in the shooting and death of a Taiwanese fisherman in Balintang Channel were convicted ‘guilty of homicide’ by a court in Manila.

According to the ruling of Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 15, the involved PCG personnel will face eight up to 14 years in prison for killing Taiwanese fisherman Hong Shi Cheng in the incident that happened in May 2013.

The accused include Cdr. Arnold Dela Cruz; SN2 Nicky Aurelio; SN1 Edrando Aguila; SN1 Mhelvyn Bendo II; SN1 Andy Gibb Golfo; SN1 Sunny Masangkay; SN1 Henry Solomon; and PO2 Richard Corpuz.

Likewise, the Court demanded that the defendants pay P100,000 in damages to the victim’s family.

The accused maintained that the shooting was unintentional when the Taiwanese vessel being paddled by Hong and his company trespassed into the Philippine waters.

The Coast Guard personnel argued that the Taiwanese vessel even engaged in a chase and rammed their patrol vessel which compelled the Philippine authorities to open fire.

The defendants’ legal counsel, Atty. Rod Moreno clarified, meanwhile, that the decision is not yet final and their camp vowed to appeal the case. – MNP (with reports from Roderic Mendoza)

Search still on for Chinese diver reported missing in Puerto Galera – PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   September 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Friday said it is still searching for a Chinese diver who was reported missing in Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro last August 31.

Personnel from Coast Guard Sub-station (CGSS) Puerto Galera is working with the PCG Auxillary 505th Squadron and volunteer divers from Barangay Sabang in Puerto Galera for the underwater search and rescue operations.

The PCG identified the missing diver as Ou Zhang Xiang, 50, who went missing during a scuba diving activity with two other Chinese nationals and two Filipinos at Ilima, Canyon Point.

Initial investigation revealed that about 15 minutes into their diving venture, the group decided to resurface but encountered strong low tide/downward current when they reached 31 meters from the surface.

Four of the divers were able to make it to the surface but one was left in the water.

This allegedly caused them to panic and lose control.

The insufficient level of oxygen on their scuba tanks also made them hesitate from helping back the distressed diver.

The PCG said search operations have resumed Friday after it was terminated 5 p.m. Thursday due to unfavorable sea conditions.

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