PCG holds 2 Malaysian vessels for dumping waste in Sarangani Bay

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has been holding two Malaysian-flagged vessels and their crew since Wednesday for dumping coal wastes into the Sarangani Bay and for violating maritime laws.

PCG commander Rerjard Marfe said the two vessels – Oceana I and II – were now berthed at the sub-port of Glan, Sarangani.

He said the PCG also fined its crew – made up of Indonesian, Malaysian and Burmese sailors – P10,000 for dumping coal residue into Sarangani Bay, a protected seascape.

Marfe said the crew members of the two vessels also violated maritime laws when they disembarked without permission.

Based on PCG report, the vessels came from Manila where it shipped coal and was to dock at the Makar wharf here to pick up outgoing cargoes.

When they learned that the cargoes to be picked up were not yet ready, the crew of the vessels sailed for Kapatan area, an identified fish sanctuary in Glan.

There, Marfe said, the crew of the vessels dumped wastes into the sea. Local residents, he said, confirmed the incident.

“They were even scolded by the local residents for dumping their wastes on the bay,” Marfe said.

On Friday, the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), provincial legal office and the Coast Guard met to discuss further legal actions to be taken against the Malaysian vessels.

Glan Mayor James Yap Sr. said the crew had admitted dumping “minimal’ waste into the bay but denied it was coal residue.

He said the town government of Glan has decided to pursue charges against the crew and owner of the vessels, which he did not name.

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  • JK1000

    A lot of these foreign vessels that enters are Country do this all the time, the reason we don’t have any Navy or Coast Guard that protect our sea waters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/oustcorona ILL_HIT_YOUR_FACE

    P10K lang?… 

  • Batz61

    These foreign sailors should be imprisoned PERMANENTLY with HARD LABOR and given a HUGE PENALTY. Dumping of waste should never be allowed in our country… imagine if a Filipino did that in another country (which is wrong of course…), immediately he will be punished to the fullest. I hope we don’t make ourselves naive and ignorant here by being so lenient with these DUMB and abusive sailors.

  • Noynoy8is8inutil

    Philippines has become synonymous with being a dumping ground. It hurts, but that is the truth. Remember, a few years back, toxic waste were shipped to the Philippines in the guise of reprocessing!!! Even the 2nd hand cars from Korea and Japan are being shipped to the Philippines. In their country of origin, these cars are already considered junk ready to be crushed and recycled into steel billets. Even the U.S. government sells us the 45 year old Hamilton Class Cutter for decommissioning, and which the Philippines flaunted as a modern warship ready to fight the Chinese navy. Bwahahhahahaha

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