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Philippine Coast Guard still searching for 7 fishermen lost at sea

Jan 20, 2020 - 2:21 PM

The missing fishermen went out to sea on January 6, but did not return to Infanta, Pangasinan on January 14 as scheduled, says the owner of the boat

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

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

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

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

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 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

Philippine Coast Guard spots Chinese warship in Scarborough Shoal

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:56 PM

During the 4-day maritime patrol of the PCG, the China Coast Guard asks why the Philippine vessel is in the area

IN DISPUTED WATERS. The Philippine Coast Guard spots a naval ship from China during the former’s 4-day maritime patrol off Zambales, from June 6-9, 2019. PCG photo

[OPINION] Predeparture inspection of domestic vessels should no longer be PCG’s task

Jun 06, 2019 - 7:00 PM

It is no longer practiced in other parts of the world, and it allows shipowners not to share the blame when sea mishaps happen

Navy, Air Force, civilian volunteers join search for missing diver

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Wescom, in coordination with various stakeholders, will continue conducting the joint search and rescue operations despite inclement weather,' says the Western Command as authorities and civilian volunteers search for diver Bryan Nazareno

SEARCH FOR MISSING DIVER. This Philippine Navy vessel is part of the search and rescue operation in Tubbataha Reef. Photo from Wescom

Coast Guard searches for missing diver in Tubbataha Reef

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:03 AM

The Philippine Coast Guard says diver Bryan Nazareno has been missing since June 3

10 Vietnamese arrested for illegal fishing off Cagayan

Jun 03, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard nabs the Vietnamese and seizes their fishing boats near Calayan Island in Cagayan

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