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China Coast Guard ship spotted patrolling Ayungin Shoal

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:11 PM

A China Coast Guard vessel is spotted in Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea as CCG officials go on a 'goodwill visit' to the Philippines

SPOTTED. A China Coast Guard vessel is spotted near Palawan's Ayungin Shoal. File photo by Tony Anastacio

PH Coast Guard: Talking with Chinese the only solution

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:41 PM

'Wala pong ibang solusyon kundi pumunta tayo sa isang lamesa mag-usap harap-harapan, at sabihin natin ang ating hinaing,' says Philippine Coast Guard chief Admiral Joel Garcia

COOPERATION. Philippine Coast Guard chief Joel Garcia (center, holding records) is flanked by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian (right) and China Coast Guard chief Wang Zhongcai. PCG photo

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) chief Admiral Joel Garcia defended on Tuesday, January 14, their talks with the China Coast Guard (CCG), touting diplomatic meetings with the expansionist Chinese government as the sole antidote to end years of dispute in and over the West Philippine Sea

Kahit may hidwaan po tayo, wala pong ibang solusyon kundi diplomasya,. Wala pong ibang solusyon kundi pumunta tayo sa isang lamesa magusap harap-harapan, at sabihin natina ng ating hinaing,” Garca told throng of reporters after welcoming the CCG officials at the PCG headquarters in Manila on Tuesday morning.

(Even if we have a divide, we have no other solution but diplomacy. There is no other solution but to meet with them at the table, in person, and tell them our grievances.)

Why defensive? Garcia turned defensive after reporters asked for a reaction to criticism that the PCG’s meeting with CCG shouldn’t have been pursued in light of multiple instances where Chinese Coast Guard personnel harassed Filipino fishermen in the West Philippine Sea.

For Garcia, however, shutting out the incidents for the meantime and focusing on the meeting was needed to prevent more conflicts at sea.

WELCOMED. China Coast Guard Major General Wang Zhongcai during the arrival honors at Philippine Coast Guard Headquarters in Manila on January 14, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

PH welcomes China Coast Guard officials for ‘historic’ Manila talks

Jan 14, 2020 - 8:36 AM

The welcoming ceremony opens days of unprecedented talks and exercises between the two coast guards

WELCOME. The Philippine Coast Guard welcomes China Coast Guard ship 5204 in Manila. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

China Coast Guard ship arrives in Manila for ‘friendly visit’

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:14 PM

The China Coast Guard maintains a presence in some key areas of the West Philippine Sea

CHINA COAST GUARD. Sightings of China Coast Guard vessels have been reported around Panatag (Scarborough) and Ayungin  (Second Thomas) shoals in the West Philippine Sea. File photo from Japan Coast Guard/AFP

Typhoon Ursula: Sea trips resume after storm signal warnings lifted

Dec 25, 2019 - 1:44 PM

Over 23,000 were stranded after Typhoon Ursula hit the Visayas region on Christmas Eve

STRANDED PASSENGERS. Sea trips resume on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Typhoon Ursula: Over 23,000 stranded on Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) Ursula (Phanfone) is now a typhoon and makes landfall in Eastern Samar past 4 pm Tuesday, December 24

STRANDED. Passengers get stuck at Port of Cebu due to suspension of sea travel. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

2 days before Christmas, sea travel suspended in Visayas areas threatened by Ursula

Dec 23, 2019 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) Over 2,600 passengers across the region are stranded due to the suspension of sea travel

STRANDED. Passengers headed home to surrounding provinces for Christmas are stranded at the Port of Cebu. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PH Coast Guard suspends maritime activities due to Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 02, 2019 - 1:27 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard will also deploy rescue personnel to flood-prone areas in Metro Manila

NO MARITIME TRIPS. Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Captain Armand Balilo advised those taking maritime trips to postpone their travels until after Typhoon Tisoy passes. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

PH stops unloading of toxic substance from South Korea

Nov 23, 2019 - 3:16 PM

A joint team of the Philippine Coast Guard and the National Bureau of Investigation prevents a Liberian-flagged merchant ship from unloading 53,000 metric tons of toxic substance

INTERCEPTED. PCG and NBI intercept the unloading of 53,000 metric tons of toxic substance from South Korea. Photo from PCG

13 Bataan fishermen missing after boat sinks near Scarborough Shoal

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says one other fisherman was rescued

Gov't neglecting duty to defend PH territory – maritime expert

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says not calling out China's latest harassment 'is tantamount to a public surrender of Philippine interest in Scarborough Shoal'

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. This broader ECDIS map image shows Scarborough Shoal adjacent to the western tip of Luzon. The red line represents the general direction of the Green Aura's course as it heads from Thailand to China on its voyage from September 26 to October 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Cayetano: 'Nothing new' with China driving away Filipino-crewed ship

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also does not want to use the term 'harassment' to refer to a 'Chinese naval warship' ordering a Filipino-crewed commercial ship to change course in Scarborough Shoal

'NOTHING NEW.' Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano does not want to use the term 'harassment' for the incident involving a Chinese warship and a Filipino-crewed commercial ship in Scarborough Shoal. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Locsin refuses to call out China ship harassment in West Philippine Sea

Nov 04, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'We stick our noses in and 400,000 Filipino mariners get embroiled in a maritime issue,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

This photo from the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) of the oil tanker Green Aura indicates the presence of Chinese vessels near Scarborough Shoal on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Maritime expert hits Panelo for downplaying China ship harassment

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:10 AM

'It's like a person not caring that his house is being managed by someone else who claims to be the owner,' says expert Jay Batongbacal in response to Malacañang

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo holds a press conference for the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) at the Impact Challenger in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 3, 2019. AVITO DALAN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Panelo: Harassment of Filipino-crewed ship 'not our concern'

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:20 PM

'It's not a Philippine vessel,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, when asked about the incident involving a Filipino-crewed commercial ship and a 'Chinese warship'

FILIPINO CREW. Ship captain Manolo Ebora (left) speaks to the crew of a 'Chinese warship' on the radio as his crew of fellow Filipinos steer the international oil tanker Green Aura near Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

2 bodies retrieved from South Korea helicopter crash

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:07 PM

The Coast Guard says one was believed to be a fireman, but it is still trying to identify the pair

SEARCHING. This handout photo taken on November 1, 2019 and provided by the Korea Coast Guard shows rescue members searching for missing people after a helicopter crashed into the sea near the Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan. Photo by Korea Coast Guard/AFP

Lorenzana to China: Respect international maritime law

Nov 03, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The defense chief also says the encounter between a Chinese vessel that claimed to be a warship and the Filipino crew of a commercial ship ‘should not be blown out of proportion or sensationalized’

PHILIPPINE WATERS. This photo from the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) of the oil tanker Green Aura indicates the ship's path between Panatag Shoal (left) and Luzon island (right), and the presence of Chinese vessels in the area on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Lorenzana commends Filipino captain who defied ‘Chinese warship’ in West PH Sea

Nov 02, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The defense chief also rebuts the 'Chinese naval warship' crew’s claim that Panatag Shoal is ‘under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government’

COMMENDABLE. Captain Manolo Ebora of the international oil tanker M/T Green Aura stood up to a Chinese naval warship near Panatag Shoal on September 30, 2019. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana commended him on November 2, 2019, saying his handling of the encounter was admirable. Image by Rappler

DFA verifying Chinese ship harassment of Filipino-crewed ship in West PH Sea

Nov 02, 2019 - 2:12 PM

'We will verify the facts of the incident then relevant offices will make the appropriate recommendations,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

Ship captain Manolo Ebora speaks to the crew of a "Chinese warship" on the radio as his crew of fellow Filipinos steer the international oil tanker Green Aura past Scarborough Shoal on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Master of his fate, captain of his soul

Nov 02, 2019 - 12:00 PM

A Filipino captain shows courage in the face of China's bullying

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese ‘naval warship’ harasses Filipino-crewed ship near Scarborough Shoal

Nov 01, 2019 - 9:48 PM

The Chinese vessel insists that the commercial ship change course to avoid the shoal, and then tails it to make sure it stays away from the Chinese-controlled area in the West Philippine Sea

7 South Koreans missing after helicopter crash near disputed islets

Nov 01, 2019 - 2:42 PM

South Korea's coast guard says the chopper had just picked an injured fisherman up from Dokdo, which is known as Takeshima in Japan, when it went down

SEARCHING. This handout photo taken on November 1, 2019 and provided by the Korea Coast Guard shows rescue members searching for missing people after a helicopter crashed into the sea near the Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan. Handout/Korea Coast Guard/AFP

Duterte names Joel Garcia as Philippine Coast Guard commandant

Oct 22, 2019 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Vice Admiral Joel Garcia, currently director of the National Coast Watch Center, now helms a force on the frontlines of protecting the country's waters as the government pursues offshore oil exploration with China

NEW PCG CHIEF. Vice Admiral Joel Sarsiban Garcia is the 28th Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard. Photo courtesy of PCG

North Korea boat collides with Japan sea patrol; 60 crew rescued

Oct 08, 2019 - 7:20 AM

The North Korean ship – believed to illegally fishing in Japanese waters – capsized after the collision, says Japanese the coast guard

This handout photograph received via Jiji Press and released from the Japan Coast Guard on October 7, 2019 shows a Japanese fisheries agency patrol boat at the site of its collision with a North Korean fishing boat in the Sea of Japan, northwest of Noto peninsula, Ishikawa prefecture. A North Korean boat collided with a Japanese fisheries agency patrol vessel in the Sea of Japan on October 7, sending around 20 North Koreans overboard, Japan's coastguard said. Handout / Japan Coast Guard via Jiji Press / AFP

Vietnamese poachers arrested in Palawan

Sep 27, 2019 - 1:06 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard in Palawan says during the chase, the poachers 'were seen throwing their freshly caught fish and sharks off the boat'

PCG reminds groups to observe safety measures at sea after Boracay incident

Sep 26, 2019 - 1:21 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard gives the reminder after the initial investigation showed that the dragon boat team members had no life vests when they trained in Boracay waters

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A Philippine Coast Guard team help move members of the Boracay Dragon Boat Team to its vessel on September 25, 2019. Photo from PCG

Ombudsman withdraws charges vs PCG men in P67-M graft case

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:18 PM

Ombudsman prosecutors decide to back out of the case after the Court of Appeals cleared some of the accused of administrative charges

8 Coast Guard men guilty of homicide in 2013 Taiwanese fisherman shooting

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:28 AM

(UPDATED) The Coast Guard personnel get 8 to 14 years in prison. They will appeal the verdict.

CONVICTED. 8 officers of the Philippine Coast Guard are convicted of homicide by the Manila Regional Trial Court on September 18, 2019, over the 2013 shooting of a Taiwanese boat that left a fisherman dead. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Why Coast Guard Base Sibutu matters

Sep 05, 2019 - 9:01 AM

This 4.3-hectare base will be equipped with a marine radar, an automatic identification system receiver, and a Coast Watch monitoring system

8 dead, 26 missing as dive boat sinks in flames off California

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:40 PM

(UPDATED) Fire crews in helicopters, small boats and a Coast Guard cutter battle the fierce pre-dawn fire on the 75-foot Conception, which had been on a diving excursion around Santa Cruz Island

FIRE. In this photo released by the Ventura County Fire Department on September 2, 2019, firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire on a boat off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, California. AFP PHOTO / Ventura County Fire Department/ HO

PCG mourns passing of deputy commandant for operations

Aug 25, 2019 - 4:22 PM

'[Vice Admiral Rolando Legaspi was] a great leader and a big loss to the PCG,' Philippine Coast Guard Spokesperson Captain Armand Balilo says

Philippine Coast Guard Vice Admiral Rolando Legaspi. Photo from PCG Facebook

Chinese Coast Guard ship spotted near Ayungin Shoal

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:48 PM

The military also reports that Chinese and Vietnamese fishing vessels were sighted around Panata Island in the West Philippine Sea

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo taken from a military aircraft shows the Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

Duterte signs law creating PH Coast Guard General Hospital

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The new hospital is supposed to provide comprehensive health care services to PCG personnel, employees, their dependents, and retired personnel

Turnover and blessing ceremony of newly procured Philippine Coast Guard Assets at PCG headquarters in Manila on July 25, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

LOOK: 49 people rescued from sunken boat in Samar

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:32 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says the motor boat was on its way to Tagapul-an town in Samar when it was battered by strong winds and big waves, causing it to capsize

RESCUE OPERATION. The Philippine Coast Guard, CDRRMC, PNP Maritime Group, and Lite Ferries Crews rescue passengers of a sunken motor boat. Photo from Philippine Coast Guard

Diether Ocampo joins Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary

Aug 08, 2019 - 5:17 PM

The actor is now a lieutenant commander for the PCGA

10 rescued after boat capsizes off Cebu

Aug 07, 2019 - 6:01 PM

No one is seriously injured in the incident that happened off Mactan Island

RESCUED. Waves cause a boat carrying 10 people to capsize off of Mactan Island. Photo Courtesy of Lapu-Lapu City Quick Rescue Team

Foreign cargo vessel runs aground in Cebu

Aug 03, 2019 - 11:31 AM

(UPDATED) The cargo vessel has on board 287,167 liters of fuel but no oil spill is initially observed, says the Philippine Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard seizes $350-M cocaine in Pacific busts

Jul 28, 2019 - 9:11 AM

The US Coast Guard releases footage of the high-speed chase by one of its cutters, one of six recent interdictions in international waters of the Pacific Ocean, off the Mexican and Latin American coasts

MARITIME CHASE. A boat is captured on video attempting to flee from the United States Coast Guard with packs of illegal drugs. Screenshot from US Customs and Border Protection video

U.S. Coast Guard calls for push-back vs. China; PH pulls back

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:15 AM

As other Asia-Pacific countries resist China’s incursions into their waters, the Philippines says China must be allowed to fish at Recto Bank

PUSH BACK. The United States Coast Guard National Security Cutter Bertholf docks at the Pier 15 during an arrival ceremony on May 15, 2019 in Manila after the search and rescue, maritime security and law enforcement exercise they conduct with the Philippine Coast Guard near Bajo de Masinloc in West Philippine Sea. The visit is part of deployment in the Indo-Pacific under the tactical control of the commander of US 7th fleet. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/Rappler

Coast Guard gets new high-speed boats, trucks to boost capabilities

Jul 25, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Other new assets include rubber boats and fully equipped ambulances useful in disaster response and rescue operations

NEW ASSETS. Turnover and blessing ceremony of newly procured Philippine Coast Guard Assets at PCG headquarters in Manila on July 25, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Coast Guard will still stop Chinese boats fishing in PH waters – Esperon

Jul 23, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The National Security Adviser, however, emphasizes that the Philippines does not have enough resources to fully protect its sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

COA calls out Coast Guard for billions worth of messy finances

Jul 18, 2019 - 12:33 PM

The Commission on Audit also flags the agency for excessive and unliquidated cash advances in 2018

Coast Guard gets modern patrol ship from France

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:07 AM

The new vessel is the largest and most modern in the PCG fleet and will be used to patrol the West Philippine Sea and Benham Rise as well as to guard against piracy and terrorism

MODERN VESSEL. This Offshore Patrol Vessel, shown here as it is launched from the OCEA shipyard in France on July 17, 2019, will be the Philippine Coast Guard's largest and most modern patrol ship yet. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Rappler Talk: Ex-Coast Guard chief Carlos Agustin on West PH Sea

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Former Philippine Coast Guard commandant Carlos Agustin talks about the Recto Bank incident and the situation in the West Philippine Sea

Final PCG-Marina report: Chinese ship failed to prevent sea collision

Jul 06, 2019 - 8:25 AM

The Chinese ship abandoned the Filipino crew of F/B Gem-Ver despite 'direct knowledge of their distress situation,' in violation of two maritime conventions, according to the official findings of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea. Sourced photo

Initial Coast Guard report: Chinese ship captain liable for maritime law violations

Jul 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The initial report also attests to how the Chinese ship abandoned the Gem-Ver crew

Damage of the F/B GemVir. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cargo ship capsizes off Cebu, 12 crew members rescued

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Philippine Coast Guard Spokesperson Central Visayas Lt. Michael John Encina says one person sustained minor injuries during the accident

CAPSIZED. A ship carrying 12,000 liters of oil capsizes at the SEDC Port in San Fernando, Cebu. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard, Central Visayas

Marina, Coast Guard wrap up probe into Recto Bank incident

Jun 22, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the results of the investigation were submitted to Malacañang on Thursday, June 20

CHECKUP. The fishermen of the F/B Gem-Ver get a medical checkup upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK: PH Coast Guard displays assets on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The display comes as the Philippines struggles to secure its territorial waters from China's expansive claims

EXHIBITION. Philippine Coast Guard held an open house at the South Harbor, showcasing the new motor boats and jet skis on Independence Day, June 12, 2019. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

U.S. Coast Guard watching Chinese militia in South China Sea

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The United States Coast Guard says it is 'following' the activity of the Chinese militia in the disputed waters

SPOTTED. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. PCG photo