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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

Iran says seized British-flagged tanker 'free' to leave

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Stena Bulk, the company that owns Stena Impero, says that it expects the vessel to be released soon, but expresses caution about the situation

SEIZED. This handout photo received on July 19, 2019 courtesy of Nico Kemps shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, off the coast of Amsterdam on December 26, 2018. File photo by Nico Kemps/VesselFinder.com/AFP

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

Iran seizes new boat near vital oil shipping lane

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:11 PM

A naval patrol of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has intercepted the vessel carrying 250,000 liters of fuel near the Strait of Hormuz

[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

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

Iran says no talks with U.S. 'under any circumstances'

May 23, 2019 - 11:02 PM

(UPDATED) Keyvan Khosravi, spokesman of the Supreme National Security Council, says there has been an uptick in official delegations travelling to Tehran from various capitals, although 'most of them are coming on behalf of America'

Venezuelan lawmakers accuse security services of 'intimidation'

May 15, 2019 - 1:53 AM

Deputies say members of the National Guard, who provide security for the building, along with police and SEBIN intelligence agents blocked access to the opposition-controlled National Assembly

FIGHTING INTIMIDATION. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido (C) speaks accompanied by lawmakers of the parliament during a press conference at the New Time Party headquarters in Los Palos Grandes neighbourhood in Caracas, on May 3, 2019. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Trump says sending 'armed soldiers' to U.S.-Mexico border

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:09 PM

'Mexico's Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border. Better not happen again!' President Donald Trump tweets

US-MEXICO BORDER. In this file photo taken on February 9, 2019, a Mexican Military Police officer guards the exterior of a warehouse used as a shelter for Central American migrants in Piedras Negras, Coahuila state, Mexico,at the US border. File photo by Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP

Ex-Nazi guard, 92, charged for complicity in WWII killings

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Despite his senior age, the accused will be tried by a juvenile court in Hamburg, because he was 17 when he worked at the Nazi concentration camp

CHARGED. A 92-year-old ex-Nazi guard is set to face trial for his alleged complicity in deaths in the concentration camp he guarded in Poland during World War II. Shutterstock photos

Bahrain jails 138 for planning Iran-linked 'terror' group

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:23 AM

Bahraini opposition swiftly condemns the verdict, while human rights group Amnesty International decries the 'mockery of justice' and 'mass arbitrary denaturalization'

(FILES) A photo taken on March 31, 2012 shows a Bahraini demonstrator drapped the Bahrain flag as smoke rises from tear gas fired by riot police during a protest on the southern outskirts of Manama.  The Gulf state of Bahrain, on April 16, 2019, jailed 138 people and revoked their citizenship for plotting to form a "terror" group with links to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the public prosecutor said. AFP

Iran president says U.S. 'leader of world terrorism'

Apr 09, 2019 - 4:57 PM

'Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists?' Iranian President Hassan Rouhani asks in a speech broadcast live by state television

IRAN REACTS. President Hassan Rouhani says that the United States is the real 'leader of world terrorism' after Washington blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a 'foreign terrorist organization.' AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

U.S. designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorist organization

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Following US President Donald Trump's announcement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns all banks and business of consequences to dealing with the Revolutionary Guards from now on

TERRORISTS? Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps march during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the 1980s war with Iraq. File photo by AFP

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

U.S. to declare Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorist group – report

Apr 06, 2019 - 9:09 AM

Quoting unnamed officials, the newspaper says President Donald Trump's administration would announce the long-mulled decision soon and that concerned defense officials were bracing for the impact

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

Iran summons Pakistan envoy over suicide bombing

Feb 17, 2019 - 8:46 PM

An Iranian official at the ministry calls on Pakistan to quickly take the necessary steps for the identification and arrest of the attack's perpetrators

Iranians cry 'revenge' at funeral of suicide bomb victims

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:28 PM

'The government of Pakistan must pay the price of harboring these terrorist groups and this price will undoubtedly be very high,' says Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, referring to jihadist outfit Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice)

Iranian mourners gather around the coffins of Revolutionary Guards who were killed in a suicide attack, during their funeral in southeastern city of Isfahan on February 16, 2019. - Iran's Revolutionary Guards accused "Pakistan's security forces" of supporting the perpetrators of a suicide bombing that killed 27 troops on February 13, in remarks state TV aired. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

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