Fire erupted on board of ferry BSP 1 at around 1845 WIB time (UTC +7) Feb 7, when the ship on Bakauheni – Merak service (Sunda Strait, Sumatra – Java) was approaching Merak, being some 3 nm off Merak Besar island. There were 196 passengers and 26 crew on board. Fire said to start in engine room, with smoke billowing from engine room and frightening passengers. They were told to con in lifejackets, nearby ferries and tugs were directed to assist troubled ferry. All passengers were evacuated, BSP 1 reportedly, managed, with tugs assistance, reach Merak, at 2030 WIB. Fire reportedly, was extinguished.
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
A defense expert and former senior U.S. naval officer has urged the Philippines to focus on rallying the international community towards creating a stronger international pressure on Beijing amidst China’s increased aggression in the West Philippine Sea. Retired USN Carl O. Schuster pointed out that China, while it has become increasingly aggressive in asserting control over the entire South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea, has become more vulnerable to public…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