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PCG: Nine persons were rescued while another remains missing in a boat capsizing incident in Antique on December 25.

The victim was identified as Jeffrey Samones, 33.

Reports revealed that Samones and nine of his relatives were onboard a motor boat and was transiting the vicinity waters between Nogas Island and Poblacion Anni-y, Antique when it suddenly encountered engine trouble. 

The boat eventually capsized and threw all of its passengers at sea. 

Rescuers from the Coast Guard Station (CGS) San Jose De Buenavista together with divers from Anini-y Dive House continues searching for Samones.

 

PCG: A 38-year old resident of Villa Libertad in El Nido, Palawan was arrested on Christmas day by the joint elements of the Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine National Police for possession and trade of illegal drugs.

The suspect was identified as Jesus Gabitan, aka Dradley. 

The joint buy-bust operations resulted to the confiscation of 18 sachets of shabu, a black Honda motorcycle, lighter, cellphone, wallet, memory card, Php 15,625 and the 500 pesos marked money.

The PNP made an inventory on the recovered items in the presence of Kagawad Edelon Garcia of Barangay Masagana, Melba Pagayona of Radio Tandika-El Nido Media and Coast Guard Station (CGS) El Nido personnel.

Gabitan was placed under the custody El Nido Municipal Police Station while the confiscated items were sent for laboratory examination.

 

PCG: A local tourist was found dead by rescuers along the shoreline of Sebay Shore in Urbiztondo, La Union last December 24.

Alan Delig, 40, was reportedly under the influence of alcohol when he went for a swim in Sebay Beach Resort and was dragged by strong current and big waves away from the shoreline

The incident was reported to Coast Guard District North Western Luzon (CGDNWLZN) and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC). 

Search and rescue operations by the Coast Guard Station (CGS) San Fernando and Red Cross was immediately conducted for Delig but zero visibility in the area prompted the rescuers to temporarily suspend the search.

 

Joint elements of Coast Guard K9, Coast Guard Sub Station (CGSS) Dumangas and PPA security intercepted eleven (11) kilos of marijuana dry leaves and bricks from the two suspects who were about to board a vessel bound for Bacolod at Dumangas Port on December 23, 2016.

 

PCG: The Undersecretary for Maritime Sector of the Department of Transportation, USEC Felipe A Judan recently commissioned the newest multi-role response vessel from Japan and renamed it as BRP Malabrigo with assigned bow number 4402 as its Guest of Honor and Speaker during the commissioning ceremony at Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard in Manila today.

 PCG: A 42-year old Cebuano fisherman was successfully rescued by the Coast Guard last Saturday in Sta. Fe, Cebu.

The survivor, Edwin Orbizo, was reportedly transiting the vicinity waters of Qinartacan, Daanbantayan when his boat was battered by big waves until it capsized.

The Coast Guard onboard BFAR patrol boat 3017 found Orbizo and his half-capsized motorboat off Bodiong, Sta. Fe.

PCG: A total of 78 passengers and an infant were assisted by the Philippine Coast Guard last Saturday from an agrounded vessel in Escalante, Negros Occidental. 

The passengers were onboard Landing Craft Tank (LCT) Navistar and were bound for Barcelona, Escalante when the vessel ran aground. 

Investigations revealed that LCT Navistar was already 20 meters off Barcelona Port and was waiting for berthing space to unload its rolling cargoes and passengers when it drifted and ran aground.

PCG. Three hundred seventy six pieces of giant Malay Scorpions contained in tin cans and were packed in two (2) boxes were recovered by Coast Guard Sub-station Liminangcong personnel in Liminangcong Pier, Taytay, Palawan last December 11.

Investigation revealed that a certain Teodoro Castillo, personnel of Liminangcong Pier reported to CGSS Liminangcong and requested for assistance regarding the abandoned cargoes found at the cargo holding area of the pier. Immediately, CGSS personnel conducted inspection and discovered the giant Malay Scorpions. 

The cargoes were said to be containing cashew nuts and were shipped by a certain “Marissa”. It was intended to be loaded onboard M/V “Palawan Pearl” bound to Manila. 

PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard in Eastern Visayas arrested a Samar native last Tuesday for illegally constructing a boat using undocumented logs with an estimated value of Php 3.5 million. 

PCG: Four Korean nationals were rescued by the Coast Guard yesterday from a sunken yacht in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur. 

The survivors were onboard the black leisure yacht Lady Allia II and was bound for Subic, Zambales when its crew failed to notice the rocky portion of Cabugao's shoreline. 

The yacht ran aground and water seeped-in until it sank at around 2:00 am. 

Upon receipt of information from the Coast Guard Action Center (CGAC), a rescue operations was immediately conducted by the Coast Guard District North Western Luzon (CGDNWLZN) and Coast Guard Station (CGS) Salomague. 

PCG: Five Korean nationals and two crew members of motor banca Dodoy Jaype were rescued last Tuesday morning, 06 December by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Boracay when the boat capsized during their island hopping activities.

Investigation revealed that the motor boat departed Station 3 in Boracay for an island hopping activity when it capsized between the vicinity waters of Crystal Cove Island and Magic Island due to strong winds and big waves.

Ruth Bardeleon, a staff of Crystal Cove, sighted the capsized boat and reported the incident to CGSS Boracay. 

PCG: A 104-year old man from Surigao del Sur died from drowning last Sunday, December 04.

The victim was identified as Esteban Seronio, a resident of Bislig City, Surigao del Sur 

His son Emidio, 51, reported the incident to Coast Guard Station (CGS) Bislig and requested assistance to search for his missing father. 

PCG: About 60 residents of Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte were evacuated by the Coast Guard from their homes after Polanco River overflowed due to heavy rains. 

The PCG rendered an arrival honor for the second Multi-Role Response Vessel - MALABRIGO (MMRV-4402) at the Headquarters Coast Guard Ready Force Pier 13, Manila today, December 08.

PCG: The fishing season for sardines in several parts of Mindanao has officially closed. 

The send-off ceremony last Thursday December 1 observed the Administrative Circular 255 of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) which orders the closing season on sardines fishing in the waters of East Sulu Sea, Basilan Strait and Sibuguey Bay as a conservation measure implemented during the spawning season of tunsoy (fimbricated sardines), tamban (Indian sardines), and tulis(round herring). 

It was participated  in by local fishermen, canneries and various local government units. 

The three-month fishing ban covers 22,260 square kilometers of municipal and national waters of Zamboanga del Norte, the south and eastern Zamboanga City, and the southern portion of Zamboanga Sibugay. 

The send-off ceremony was highlighted with the marching of maglayag to which the aligned troops marched towards their respective vessels and set sail on different zones covering the areas for sardines fishing ban. 

PCG: Two fishermen were apprehended by the Coast Guard last Friday for poisoning fish at the municipal waters of Malapatan, Sarangani Province.

The suspects identified as Richard Gillo-Ano, 43; and Generoso Talugas, 50, were using a poisonous substance locally known as lagtang to attract and catch fish. 

They were arrested by the joint maritime patrol team of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Malapatan and Deputized Fish Warden of LGU Malapatan for the violation of Republic Act 10654 Section 92, otherwise known as "Fishing Through Explosives, Noxious or Poisonous Substance or Electricity".

Investigations revealed that Gillo-Ano and Talugas were onboard a moored Fish Aggregating Device five nautical miles off Barangay Lun Padidu in Malapatan, Sarangani. The inspecting team discovered a pail of fish caught using lagtang. 

The apprehended fishermen were turned-over to PNP Malapatan for custody and further investigation.

PCG: 13 passengers and a motorboat crew were safely rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard last Friday in Pioduran, Albay. 

The survivors were among the devotees who participated in a fluvial parade in celebration of Pioduran's patron saint, Our Lady of Salvacion. 

The motorboat  carrying the said passengers accidentally submerged when its freeboard detached from the vessel's main structure. 

Elements of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Pioduran, CGSS Pantao and Bicol Special Operations Unit immediately rescued the distressed passengers.

Coast Guard Commandant Rear Admiral William M Melad led the opening ceremony of the 18-day End the Violence Against Women Campaign at the Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard last November 25.