Philippine Navy under investigation over the death of 2 Vietnamese fishermen

admin   •   September 25, 2017   •   3495

Vietnamese fishermen caught by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is investigating if their personnel used too much force in apprehending the fishing vessels of Vietnamese fishermen.

They were caught illegally fishing in the sea territory of Bolinao, Pangasinan last Saturday, September  23.

The Navy tried to make contact with them through the radio but they escaped.

They fired warning shots and pursued the fishing vessel. And when they caught up with it, they found that two of the Vietnamese fishermen were dead.

The members of the Philippine Navy who were involved in the incident are currently under restriction while their commander was relieved from post.

“The Philippine Navy is very cooperative. There are no problems. That is why the guns were turned over and the personnel is under restriction too and what I know, the Philippine Navy said the commander of the boat, is in administrative relive,” Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver Lee said.

Malacañang and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano assured the fair and thorough investigation of the death of the two Vietnamese fishermen.

“The incident led to the death of two Vietnamese nationals and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is closely coordinating with the officials of the Vietnamese Embassy in Manila to update them on the developments and to facilitate their access to the five other Vietnamese fishermen taken into custody by the Philippine Navy,” said Cayetano.

The five other Vietnamese fishermen are currently under the custody of the Philippine Coast Guard.

Embassy officials visited last Sunday night the two fishermen who died to organize their return to their country. — Bryan Evangelista | UNTV News & Rescue

PCG suspends search and rescue of sunken ship in Palawan; rescues 15 crew members

Marje Pelayo   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) temporarily suspended the search and rescue (SAR) operations for the missing crew members of the sunken LCT Lady Athena within the vicinity waters off Cambari Island, Araceli, Palawan.

According to PCG, the crew’s landing craft sank after they encountered strong winds and big waves, causing their vessel to list and eventually sink.

The incident happened in the afternoon of Wednesday (November 25).

Fourteen of the crewmen were able to board life rafts and were taken in by the PCG SAR team aboard MV Titan, while another crew member was rescued in the course of the search and rescue operations.

The PCG said it temporarily suspended the SAR operations due to heavy weather conditions.

It will resume the operation on Friday (November 27) to search for the ship’s craft master and chief engineer who are still missing.

The rescued mariners were transported to the Coast Guard Sub-Station in Araceli, Palawan, and were reported to be in good physical shape. MNP/Raymund David

PH Navy receives advanced drone system from US to boost security in WPS

Marje Pelayo   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) of the US Embassy in Manila formally turned over a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to the Philippine Navy in a ceremony held at Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite on Wednesday (November 25).

This new equipment will help boost the Navy’s maritime security especially in the disputed waters of the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

“This new asset will complement the same kind being operated by the 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing at the Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan, which is very close to the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea that need our consistent attention,” said National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

The system which costs US$14.79 M or an estimated P710-M will provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 71st Maritime Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance Squadron (71 MUARS) – the AFP’s leading unit for unmanned maritime ISR operations.

“Transferring the ScanEagle system for operation by the Maritime Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance Squadron represents the steadfast commitment by the United States to our partners in the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Kimberly Kelly.

The Philippines has received more than US$650 million (P33 billion) worth of military materiel from the U.S. military making it by far the largest recipient of US’ military assistance in the Indo-Pacific region since 2015. MNP / Raymund David

PH Navy reservists conduct relief ops in Ulysses-hit areas

Robie de Guzman   •   November 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Philippine Navy Reserve Force across Luzon are assisting in the delivery of relief goods to different areas in Luzon that were severely affected by the recent Typhoon Ulysses.

In a statement, the navy said reservists packed and distributed relief goods to different communities in Metro Manila and other Luzon provinces, including Rizal, Bicol, and Cagayan Valley.

The navy said its Naval Reserve Center-Southern Luzon through the navy reservists from Camarines Sur under 31st Naval Group Reserve (NRG) augmented to inter-agency relief efforts of distributing relief goods to Barangays Sta Eulalia and Iyagan in Baao, Camarines Sur.

While Philippine Navy 22nd NRG-Team Star conducted relief operations in Rodriguez and Montalban Rizal.

Aside from the delivery and distribution of relief goods, the navy said its personnel also assisted in the evacuation and rescue operations for families affected by widespread flooding during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

Naval Affiliated Reserve Force (NARF)-NCR (WesPhil) deployed two amphibious trucks with one rescue team of well-trained and capable reservists onboard each truck to flooded areas in the cities of Marikina and Navotas.

In Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), PN reservists from Northern Luzon have joined local government units in Cagayan in the conduct of search and rescue operations in the affected communities of widespread flood in the province.

“Said disaster response and relief operations demonstrated the invaluable contributions and selfless service of our reservists as force multipliers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during calamities and other types of human and natural disasters,” the navy said.

The Philippine Navy said it has been helping in relief efforts since last week when Typhoon Rolly ravaged parts of Bicol region.

These deployments are being supervised by the Naval Reserve Command headed by Major Gen. Ariel Caculitan in coordination with Joint Task Force – National Capital Region.

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