The Philippine Coast Guard has filed a complaint against AC Energy, Inc. and its executives for the oil spill in Iloilo City last July 3.
The PCG filed the complaint at the Iloilo Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for violation of Section 107 of Republic Act 8550 or the Fisheries Code.
Based on the initial investigation of the PCG, they saw sufficient evidence to prove the negligence of the thermal energy firm.
If proven guilty, there will be an initial fine of P300,000 or up to P500,000 for damage. The company might also face suspension or closure.
“The PCG, as a law enforcement body in marine environmental protection, will ensure that the failure of one company serves as a relevant lesson to others. We need everyone’s cooperation to protect and conserve our limited marine resources,” said PCG Commandant Vice-Admiral George V. Ursabia Jr.
The Iloilo oil spill caused contamination in some coastal areas in the city and 23 affected communities. Around 400 families were displaced and marine organisms were damaged.
MANILA, Philippines – Fifteen Filipino fishermen were rescued on Sunday after their boat capsized in waters off a town in Pangasinan, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.
The PCG said its station in Pangasinan received a report on Sunday, Oct. 11 about the F/B Aqua Princess boat that capsized at vicinity waters of Agno town.
The boat was carrying the captain and 16 crew members.
Initial investigation showed the boat went on a fishing venture on Oct. 2.
Around Oct. 7, it was battered by big waves and eventually capsized.
The PCG said boat captain, Eddy Ariño instructed two crew members, Pedro Manalo and Jerby Regala, to use their service boat and proceed to the nearest Coast Guard Station to call for help. They left the rest of the crew clinging to the capsized boat’s outrigger.
The two fishermen reached the Coast Guard Sub-Station Infanta at Barangay Cato on Oct. 11 and reported the incident.
The PCG said it immediately deployed BRP MalaPascua to conduct search and rescue operations and issued a notice to transiting vessels within the vicinity to be on the lookout and render necessary assistance to Filipino fishermen if found.
“At around noon of 11 October 2020, the PCG Command Center received a message from Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier, M/V Kumano Maru that they have found and safely rescued 15 Filipino fishermen of capsized motorbanca, F/B Aqua Princess at vicinity waters 75 nautical miles west of Agno, Pangasinan,” the agency said.
The rescued fishermen were then turned over by the foreign vessel to BRP Malapascua near Quinawan, Bagac in the province of Bataan.
After undergoing medical screening and health protocols, the PCG transported the fishermen back to their hometown in Infanta.
A bomb plot in the capital town of Jolo in Sulu province believed to have been orchestrated by local terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was foiled by the Philippine security forces, the military said.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said, this is after the elements of the Philippine Coast Guard-Explosive and Ordnance Division (PCG) discovered a baggage that contained an improvised explosive device allegedly planted at the local port on Saturday.
The military added that a PCG patrol team found the abandoned baggage between the office of the Harbor Master and the Maritime Police Office at Jolo port.
A K9 unit deployed to the area confirmed that the baggage contained a bomb.
Operating troops of the 35th Infantry Battalion immediately cordoned off the area while the bomb squad carefully disarmed the explosive which was assembled using two electric blasting caps, a rifle grenade, a spark plug and concrete nails.
“I commend our troops and our partners for the accomplishment. You saved the lives of the innocent people and foiled this terroristic activity of our heartless enemies,” said Brig. Gen. William Gonzales, commander of the anti-terror Joint Task Force Sulu.
AFP Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. also commended the troops.
“This success is a result of the intensified conduct of intelligence operations and the strengthened collaboration with the police and other security agencies, thus preempting the terrorists from executing their terror plan. I commend the troops of the JTF Sulu for a job well done,” he said.
The military said tight security measures remain in place as government troops continue to pursue ASG leader Mundi Sawadjaan who was said to the brains of the twin bomb attacks in Barangay Walled City in Jolo barely a month ago that killed 14 people and injured others. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Val Villaflor)
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) have agreed to enhance their cooperation on border control, anti-smuggling and other customs fraud.
This is through the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on Thursday for the joint manning and operation of 20 newly-procured fast patrol boats of the BOC.
In a statement, the PCG said that under the MOA, Coast Guard commandant Admiral George Ursabia and Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero have agreed to work together for the efficient utilization and navigation of these 12-meter floating assets for the performance of law enforcement functions to uphold security, peace, and order within the maritime jurisdiction of the Philippines.
Under the MOA, the BOC shall have the authority to deploy the fast patrol boats for law enforcement missions, while the PCG shall share its technical expertise in operating and navigating said floating assets and ensure that knowledge and skills are efficiently transferred to BOC personnel.
In an event of natural calamity or national emergency, the PCG, upon proper coordination with the BOC, may utilize the fast patrol boats in conducting search and rescue (SAR) operations and responding to maritime incidents.
Each fast boat shall be manned by a total of nine crew members, composed of five BOC personnel and four PCG non-officers, who satisfactorily completed the Small Boat Operation and Management Course.
While the PCG assists the BOC in maintaining the fast patrol boats, the BOC shall be responsible in allocating funds for the daily preventive maintenance of equipment or machines onboard, procurement of spare parts and other consumables, as well as dry docking and other repair activities.
“We are honored to further collaborate with the Bureau of Customs in deterring and preventing illegal activities in our country’s waters. Rest assured that we will pursue our commitment in keeping the Philippine maritime jurisdiction safe and secured,” Ursabia said.
“I look forward to the successful implementation of this agreement. I am grateful to the Philippine Coast Guard for assisting us in the enforcement of laws pertaining the border control, prevention of entry of smuggling, and other customs fraud that hinder the growth of our national economy,” Guerrero added.
The MOA took effect on September 10 and shall be referred in full force and effect for a period of five years.
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