New quandary in Tubbataha: Who will pay for towing?



PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—Government agencies are now asking each other who is going to pay the Subic-based towing firm that was tapped by the government to pull out the Chinese ship Min Long Yu from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), which contracted the Malayan towing firm that was also involved in the salvaging operations for the US minesweeper Guardian, had asked the Tubbataha Management Office who will foot the bill.

“The PCG asked us the same question. The Chinese should be the ones to pay,” said Angelique Songco, supervisor of the Tubbataha marine park.

She said marine park officials are meeting with the PCG to discuss the payment for the salvaging.

It was unclear how much the towing company had billed the government for the operation.

Officials indicated they have not discussed the issue with either the Chinese Embassy or the detained Chinese nationals.

The PCG in Manila has announced that the Chinese ship was finally removed from the reef on Friday at past 2 p.m. According to the plan, the vessel would be towed to Puerto Princesa for custody of the PCG.

The 12 suspected Chinese poachers entered a plea of not guilty during their arraignment on Friday for violation of the Tubbataha protected area lawn when their vessel entered the area and got stuck there.

During investigation, the suspects earlier claimed they got lost on the way to China from Indonesia.

The Chinese are facing charges of poaching, illegal entry and attempted bribery of public officials, the latter charge a result of their reported attempt to bribe the park’s rangers.

Judge Jocelyn Dilig, of the Regional Trial Court Branch 51, set a hearing on May 22.

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  • Crazy_horse101010

    sell the ship and collect the money they probably wont be needing it for awhile

    • Mamang Pulis

      loke sel

      sell the fishing boat?

      at ang bibili ng scrap mga chekwa din–sa murang halaga

      loke nekosyo sel…

  • iping2sison

    The government should confiscate the ship, sell it to pay for the towing and damage to the coral reef. Anyway, the Chinese government is silent on the purpose of the ship as well as the identity of its crew who are fair skinned and definitely not fishermen.

  • $14334231

    the government has no balls to ask the chinese government to pay for the towing…only with americans are we so adamant for them to pay us and in fact, loren was asking for more for the damages….with china, it’s a different story… i hear any politician condemning china?….NONE WHATSOEVER!!!!…impound and sell the fishing boat?…who’s kidding who?…best bet?…give the boat to the towing company and let them settle with china or the owner of the boat or let them sell it….like i said….penoy’s government won’t touch this incident….anybody heard balut-pnoy make comments on this matter?…..

    • Mamang Pulis


      sell the fishing boat?

      at ang bibili ng scrap mga chekwa din–sa murang halaga

      loke nekosyo

  • dikoy321

    Many ways to get cash to pay the bill:
    Auction the boat, and make it also a condition that those Chinese POACHERS and THIEVES are NOT aloowed to go home, even AFTER serving their sentence, unless and until they pay this bill !
    No Philippine agency pays for the bills, caused by Chinese Thieves !
    Next question…
    Forward Philippines !!!

  • avmphil

    Not only the Americans and ASEAN are laughing,but the rest of the World at our double standards when it comes to demanding our rights, especially against China. Time Malacanang gets its system straight and decisively to any offender who runs foul against this nation. For the last two odd years, the Chinese from the mainland had continued inflicting a string of problems: illegal entry, poaching, harassment, grabbing territorial grounds, unwarranted claims, and drugs trafficking. And are engage in every other criminal acts within and outside the Philippines.

    The encroachment and illegal entry of this Chinese vessel and crews, must be dealt severely according to the Laws of this nation. Any deviations will certainly spread our legal system “as a joke”. As to, who should bare the costs for the towage etc, if the vessel owners do not claim any responsibility. With all probability,they will not. The correct course for the next action is to dispose the vessel and fund the services done this far. We are within the right to do so. Teach them scoundrels and would be, a lesson

  • Mamang Pulis

    asan ba si renato reyes—bakit hindi nyo singilin yan??

    di ba malakas yan sa tsina? saan ba galing mga pondo nya?

    di ba sa komunista? :D

    • Luthmar

      Sino po ba si Renato Reyes? Ano po ang kanyang kinalaman sa situasyon na ito?

  • Luthmar

    WHAT A QUESTION! Ms. Songco is right when she says it should be the Chinese who must pay all the expenses for towing that f—-ing boat. And, we will be the most stupid people on earth if we will believe that these f—-king Chinese got lost on the way to China from Indonesia. Their intention was to catch some of our rare marine species and make them soup, jewelries, whatever they could think of.

    If this kind of intrusion was made by the Filipinos in China, they would already be facing the firing squad. Send these f—–ing Chinese for life to jail.

  • Jack Bw

    Pfft! You hired them, you pay them. You fine the Chinese for their violation and that’s it. This sounds to me like someone doesn’t want to pay for services they hired.

  • Ninio Calle

    All the cost incurred for the salvage operation must be charged ultimately to the owner of the Chinese ship.

  • yew_tan

    return the boat to it’s owner and release all the Chinese prisoners now. MF#@%^&*!ing Flips

    • m1600

      hahaha.. dog eating chinese. kiss Mao butt.

  • jr18496

    HOw come there are no Protest from Militants or Patriotic Filipinos? They only protetest againts the Americans??….. Because the Americans won’t give filipinos Visa??

  • 711sense

    This is what happened when we have a unch of amateurs running our country, they don’t know where their butt is sticking up to. The easy way is for whoever ordered and signed the paperwork to tow the chinese ship will pay the towing company and then charge it to the chinese when they file claim for the return of their boat. If the chinese refuse, auction the ship for a minimum amount of towing fees. The rest of the money is remitted to the Tubbataha Management with 10% goes to each actual member of the CoastGuard who apprehended the perpetrators.


      You are correct, but I am sorry to ask also the same question – what is the timetable of the OJT?

      • 711sense

        OJT never ends for politicians who has never had any experience in dealing with the real world and hires people with the same qualifications, lol. can you imagine a used to be lawmaker who has not crafted or wrote even “one” law in 12 years he was in congress? figure it out…

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