Joint inspection team of Coast Guard and Bureau of Customs in Zamboanga confiscated more or less 60 sacks of smuggled rice with an estimated market value of ₱48,000.00 at Zamboanga City Port. Information received by Coast Guard Station (CGS) Zamboanga from Coast Guard Field Station in Southwestern Mindanao (FSSWM) that M/V Kristel Jane 3 departed at Port of Jolo, Sulu and arrived at Port of Zamboanga City allegedly carrying smuggled rice. Joint personnel of FSSWM, Bureau of Customs and Vessel Safety Enforcement Inspection Team of said station immediately conducted a joint inspection aboard subject vessel. The team found out that the vessel was loaded with sacks of assorted rice with markings “Sunrise AAA”. As per verification of documents by the joint inspection team, the cargoes were not declared on the cargo manifest of the said vessel while the owner of said smuggled cargoes is still unidentified up to this date. The joint inspection team turned-over the apprehended sacks of rice to the Bureau of Customs to determine such violations under customs law and procedures.
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