Seven girls, two of them minors, were rescued from a human trafficking operation in Davao City on Monday night 23 February. The girls were about to board a banca and then a boat docked at Sta. Ana port in Davao City when maritime police intercepted them. Arrested were three suspected pimps identified as Pierre Paulo Omega, Jeffrey Lampios, John Brian Coronel, and one Cherry Ann Martinez Maylas. Chief Inspector Carlito Apilat, deputy head of the Sta. Ana police, said they received a report that the girls were part of an “Akyat Barko” operation, where they would board ships docked at the port. Investigation showed the suspects promised the girls a “talent fee” in exchange for sexual favors aboard the ship. It was earlier reported that the seven victims, along with the suspects, were spotted by authorities onboard a boat and were on their way to a ship anchored off Sta. Ana Pier. Police intercepted the boat; after which, the victims admitted that they were recruited for sexual services. Apilat said their initial investigation showed the pimps would use code words for transactions. Some would get “talent fees” of up to P3,000. The girls are now in the custody of Sta. Ana police while the two minors were turned over to the city social welfare office for counselling. As for the three suspects, they face charges of human trafficking.
MANILA – Senators have proposed earmarking P1 billion as seed money to finance the development of the country’s own defense industry in the wake of China’s more aggressive activities in the West Philippine Sea. The senators, led by Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, jointly filed Senate…Read more
Philippine national security adviser hits China’s claim of Philippines intruding into Scarborough Shoal
MANILA – National Security Adviser Eduardo Año on Tuesday said China was “creating unnecessary tensions” with the Philippines and was “overhyping” a recent incident where a Philippine Navy ship entered the waters of Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. “Under international law, the Philippines has every right to patrol the length and breadth of the West Philippine Sea, which necessarily includes Bajo de Masinloc, which…Read more
MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said he is eyeing a fishing ban and other restrictions in certain areas to address overfishing and boost the country’s fish population. Such measures, said Marcos, are part of the government’s plan of securing the country’s fish stocks along with other initiatives for the agriculture sector to…Read more
by MRIC Admin | Sep 19, 2023 | South East Asia (SEA), IUU Fishing - Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing, Regional, Environmental Concerns, Maritime Incidents, Maritime Situational Awareness, Domestic, Extraction of Marine Resources, Foreign, West Philippines Sea Update
Sen. Francis “Tol” Tolentino believes there's something deeper in China's coral harvesting endeavors in Iroquios or Rozul Reef in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), saying that it might be a prelude to reclamation. “May iba pang plano siguro po riyan, di lang ‘yong pagkuha ng corals at pagdurog nito. Iyong pagpatay kasi ng corals ay prelude sa isang bagay— pag pinatay mo iyon, pwede ka nang mag-reclaim (Perhaps there's a different plan there, not just harvesting and destroying corals.…Read more