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LOOK: PH Coast Guard dispatches vessels for Holy Week security

Apr 08, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard is on heightened alert status in preparation for Holy Week

Members of the Philippine Coastguard prepare for deployment to secure local and foreign tourists during the holy week. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Batangas town mayor drives away foreign vessel despite DENR permits

Apr 03, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Town Mayor Gaudioso R. Manalo asks the Philippine Coast Guard to order a vessel of Seagate Engineering and Buildsystems to leave Lobo River alone

MV EMERALD. Members of PCG Batangas inspect the dredging vessel docked at Lobo town. Photos courtesy of PCG Batangas

Auditors flag P3.6B in Philippine Coast Guard transactions

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:11 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine Coast Guard has to answer for billions worth of allotments without contracts, while some projects remain unliquidated

RED FLAGS. Internal auditors notice P3.6 billion worth of red flags in the Philippine Coast Guard's transactions.

LOOK: Philippine Coast Guard gets high-speed boats from Japan

Mar 02, 2019 - 8:05 AM

These are part of the 13 high-speed boats package requested by President Rodrigo Duterte, says the Japanese embassy

POWER. The speedboats turned over by Japan to the Philippine Coast Guard on February 27, 2019, can travel at a maximum speed of 50 knots or 92 kilometers per hour. Photo courtesy of the Japanese embassy

Duterte again promotes PH Coast Guard officers facing graft raps

Feb 28, 2019 - 12:34 PM

President Duterte has promoted Commodore George Ursabia Jr and Commodore Joselito dela Cruz to the rank of Rear Admiral

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the 25th anniversary of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 19, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Active AFP, PNP, PCG personnel to get 20% bus fare discount

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The uniformed personnel only need to present a valid ID as proof of active service

An MMDA traffic enforcers stoped suspected colorum buses plying along EDSA in Pasay City on August 7, 2014, for questioning. The MMDA has questioned the LTFRB's move to stop traffic enforcers' operations against colorum passenger buses. Photo by: Joel Liporada

CA affirms graft indictment of Coast Guard official

Dec 09, 2018 - 3:23 PM

The appellate court still finds Coast Guard Captain Christopher Villacorte guilty of serious dishonesty and conduct over anomalous cash advances he signed in 2014

Palawan police recover body of fisherman attacked by crocodile

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Human-crocodile conflicts are a continual problem in the island-town of Balabac, which is a stronghold of saltwater crocodiles

PH, Japan coast guards conduct joint drills vs piracy

Nov 25, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The two coast guards stage the drills using 4 patrol ships at the Manila Bay

Ex-cop arrested in Northern Samar over possession of IED

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Authorities say retired Police Officer 2 Dario Bolandia Ayes owns the site where boxes containing improvised explosive devices have been found

PCG seizes ship loaded with alleged smuggled rice

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:04 PM

The vessel, named MV Hulk, is found in Sulu carrying more or less 50,000 bags of rice

Photo courtesy of PCG Southern Mindanao

12 rescued as cargo ship sinks off Aklan

Nov 04, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says the 12 were aboard cargo ship LCT Bato Twin, which was carrying sand and gravel to Boracay

The week in photos: October 27-November 2, 2018

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:26 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

MIGRANTS. A view of Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US resting in a basketball pitch in San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca, Mexico on October 28, 2018.  Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Coast Guard to build P30-M radar station in Boracay

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:04 AM

The Philippine Coast Guard says the radar station – operational by June 2019 – is expected to help beef up security in Boracay Island

BORACAY RADAR STATION. A radar station in Boracay is expected to be operational by June 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of the Philippine Coast Guard

CA upholds dismissal of ex-Coast Guard officer over cash advances

Sep 30, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The Court of Appeals upholds an Ombudsman ruling dismissing former Philippine Coast Guard commander John Esplana

DISMISSED. The Court of Appeals affirms the Ombudsman order to dismiss former Coast Guard commander John Esplana. Photo from the CA website

Sea trips resume in parts of Luzon, Visayas

Sep 16, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard gives the go signal after the exit of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

Photo by Mauricio Victa

10-centavo levy vs oil, petroleum tankers constitutional – SC

Sep 12, 2018 - 7:41 PM

The Supreme Court reverses an earlier decision by a lower court, saying oil tankers pose a larger risk to the environment in the event of an oil spill

Philippine Coast Guard on alert for Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:55 PM

It also advises the public to check with shipping companies for possible cancellation of trips

Masbate seaport grenade blast destroys 2 patrol boats

Sep 03, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The Masbate explosion damages patrol boats of the Philippine Army and the Philippine Coast Guard

DAMAGED. A patrol boat of the Philippine Coast is damaged by the grenade explosion in the Masbate seaport. Photo courtesy by PNP Bicol

Ferry catches fire off Cebu port

Sep 02, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) All passengers and crew members of M/V Lite Ferry 28 are safely rescued

Photo from Cebu Port Authority

[OPINION] What is missing in Duterte’s war on drugs?

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:24 PM

The main elements of the methamphetamine pass through unguarded seas. The Philippine Coast Guard should be in action as much as the PNP and PDEA.

Philippine Coast Guard seizes smuggled rice in Basilan

Aug 26, 2018 - 3:45 PM

A total of 22,000 bags of smuggled rice are found onboard two vessels

Photo from Philippine Coast Guard's Facebook page

Coast Guard intercepts P3M worth dried seahorses in Zamboanga

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:37 PM

Dried seahorses, locally called kaba-kabayo, are sold in Asian medicinal stores

PRIZED CATCH. Officers of the team which intercepted the cartons of dried seahorses Photos courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

Hundreds stranded at seaports due to monsoon

Aug 12, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The passengers are at ports in Quezon, Camarines Sur, and Batangas, says the Philippine Coast Guard

US Marine missing in Sulu Sea

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:12 AM

(3RD UPDATE) 'The Marine was reported missing while the ship was conducting routine operations in the Sulu Sea, August 9,' says the 13th Marine Expedition Unit

SEARCH OPERATIONS. US Navy, US Marine, and Philippine ships and aircraft are scouring the Sulu Sea for the missing US Marine. File photo from the US Pacific Fleet

LOOK: PH Coast Guard's French-made patrol boat arrives in Subic

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The FPB 72 MKII is a 24-meter fast patrol boat with a maximum speed of 28 nautical miles per hour

FPB 72 MKII. The first of 4 new patrol boats for the Philippine Coast Guard arrives on August 8, 2018. Photo by Philippine Coast Guard.

7 dead, 8 missing after boat sinks off Tawi-Tawi

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:03 PM

One survivor tells their story to the Coast Guard

RESCUED. Picture courtesy of PCG

IN PHOTOS: 6 Chinese ships guarding Panatag Shoal

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Only one Philippine fishing vessel is spotted miles away from Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal)

FLYING OVER. Photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Fake receipts saga at Coast Guard: CA reinstates intel officer Dalangin

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Court of Appeals clears Commander Dalangin in an anomaly that involves fake liquidation receipts, an issue that is the subject of an ongoing fraud audit on PCG

REINSTATED. Court of Appeals reinstates Philippine Coast Guard Commander Allen Dalangin, reversing the dismissal order against him by the Office of the Ombudsman in 2017.

Unsolved PH Coast Guard cash mess continues with promoted officer – COA

Jun 25, 2018 - 4:26 PM

P800,000 worth of cash advances given to Rear Admiral Leopoldo Laroya are disowned by the suppliers

CASH ADVANCES MESS. Rear Admiral Leopoldo Laroya's "irregular" cash advances add up to the pile of questioned expenses of the Philippine Coast Guard. Photo of Laroya courtesy of PCG Facebook

CA leaves it to Ombudsman to resolve P125-M PCG funds mess

Jun 23, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The Court of Appeals 'warns' Coast Guard officers 'not to abuse the court process'

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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PCG officers suspended over funds misuse promoted by Duterte

May 24, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Rear Admiral Athelo Ybañez and Commodore Teotimo Borja Jr are suspended by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales over allegations of misusing P27 million, but they are promoted to higher ranks

PROMOTED. Rear Admiral Athelo Ybañez (left) and Commodore Teotimo Borja Jr (right) are promoted in the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) despite being the subjects of an investigation involving P27 million worth of irregular cash advances. Photo from the PCG Facebook Page

Duterte promotes Coast Guard chief to admiral

May 08, 2018 - 8:20 PM

This comes 4 months after President Rodrigo Duterte named then Rear Admiral Elson Hermogino as commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard

PCG CHIEF. Philippine Coast Guard commandant Elson Hermogino is promoted to the rank of admiral. Photo from PCG's Facebook page

Body of Australian diver missing in Batangas found 3 days later

May 05, 2018 - 10:18 PM

Authorities retrieve the body of Australian national Andre Kilbride not far from the popular Aquaventure Dive Resort on Saturday early afternoon, May 5

'Sino'ng kalaban? Lumot?': Netizens react to Boracay threat simulations

Apr 24, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Filipinos online mock the security drills for potential terror attacks or hostage-taking incidents in Boracay, calling it 'overkill'

WATCH: Gov't simulates terror attack, hostage-taking in Boracay

Apr 24, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Inter-agency teams, led by the Philippine National Police, rehearse how they would respond to potential 'threats' during Boracay's closure

FACE OFF. Local police and protesters face head on in one of the simulations rehearsed at Boracay Island on April 24, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 24, 2018

Apr 24, 2018 - 11:24 AM

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PH Coast Guard vessel to patrol around Boracay during closure

Apr 23, 2018 - 6:35 PM

BRP Cabra, a multi-role response vessel, will help with maritime security during the 6-month closure of Boracay

RESPONSE. A Philippine Coast Guard multi-role response vessel arrives in Caticlan, Aklan on April 23, 2018. Photo courtesy of Department of Transportation

6 arrested in Bataan for making fishing dynamites

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The manufacturing of explosives for illegal fishing appears to be a family business, says the Philippine Coast Guard

Filipinos start flocking to bus terminals, seaports for Holy Week

Mar 25, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard reminds passengers to arrive at ports at least 3 hours before departure and to refrain from bringing flammable, toxic, and explosive substances

Hundreds of passengers bound for Visayas and Mindanao for the Holy week break patiently wait for a ride at the Araneta Center Terminal in Quezon City on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

PH Coast Guard deploys marshals for Mindanao-bound vessels

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:37 PM

Vessels going to 'high-risk' areas will either be escorted by the Philippine Coast Guard or will have sea marshals on board

Hundreds of passengers stranded in Visayas and Mindanao due to Basyang

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Ports in Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Northern Mindanao, and Caraga are affected

No oil spill from barge grounded off El Nido – PCG

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) El Nido station Deputy Commander Harvey Marmol says they are monitoring the status of the barge – named LCT OMS 6 – which ran aground off Sitio Cabigsing, Barangay Buena Suerte

LCT OMS 6. The LCT OMS 6 barge. Photo from PCG El Nido Station

Coast Guard sees similarities in cocaine packs found in Sorsogon, Isabela

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard will buy more high-speed boats and possibly drones to help monitor the country's coastline

SIMILAR PACKAGES. Similarly packaged cocaine is found in Isabela and Sorsogon. Rappler file photo

Canadian, Indian divers rescued after 8 hours at sea

Jan 30, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The divers, reported missing in the seas off Apo Island, Negros Oriental, are found by a passing vessel whose sailors heard their cries for help

MEDICAL ATTENTION. Matthew Lantrance and Sway Rawla receive medical attention from the Philippine Coast Guard.

Over 3,000 stranded passengers at ports due to Agaton

Jan 02, 2018 - 8:37 AM

The biggest number of stranded outbound passengers is in Northern Mindanao, with 1,519 passengers in 5 different ports

Philippines searches for ferry accident survivors, 6 dead

Dec 22, 2017 - 12:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Maritime Industry Authority Region IV office says 3 of the dead have yet to be identified. The bodies are at the Claro M. Recto Memorial District Hospital in Infanta, Quezon.

MARITIME INCIDENT. A ferry with 251 aboard capsizes between Dinahican, Quezon and Polillo Island. File photo of Mercraft 3 from Mercraft's Facebook page

At least 4 dead after ferry capsizes off Philippines

Dec 21, 2017 - 3:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippine Coast Guard says 7 passengers remain missing while 240 others have been rescued

MARITIME INCIDENT. A ferry with 251 aboard capsizes between Dinahican, Quezon and Polilio Island. File photo of Mercraft 3 from Mercraft's Facebook page

LIST: Hotlines, social media accounts during emergencies

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Bookmark this page for a handy list of emergency hotlines you can call or text, plus Facebook and Twitter accounts to contact