Armand Balilo - updates

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Ferry catches fire off Cebu port

Sep 02, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) All passengers and crew members of M/V Lite Ferry 28 are safely rescued

Photo from Cebu Port Authority

Coast Guard sees similarities in cocaine packs found in Sorsogon, Isabela

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard will buy more high-speed boats and possibly drones to help monitor the country's coastline

SIMILAR PACKAGES. Similarly packaged cocaine is found in Isabela and Sorsogon. Rappler file photo

Canadian, Indian divers rescued after 8 hours at sea

Jan 30, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The divers, reported missing in the seas off Apo Island, Negros Oriental, are found by a passing vessel whose sailors heard their cries for help

MEDICAL ATTENTION. Matthew Lantrance and Sway Rawla receive medical attention from the Philippine Coast Guard.

Diving activities resume in Mabini town – mayor

Apr 11, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Wala pong diving ban Diving is ok Resume na po diving activity says Mabini Mayor Noel Luistro

Diving sites in Batangas off limits after earthquake

Apr 10, 2017 - 11:08 PM

UPDATED The diving ban in Mabini town is put in place after the series of quakes in Batangas but is now lifted

PCG deploys 2 more boats in anti-poaching operations

Apr 10, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The two Monitoring Control and Surveillance MCS vessels are meant to run after local and foreign poachers in Philippine waters

POLICING AGAINST POACHERS. New boats are being deployed to help stop poachers. Image from Philippine Coast Guard website at

PH Coast Guard patrols Benham Rise, too

Apr 06, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The civilian maritime law enforcement agency sends its Islander planes to patrol the 13 million hectare maritime territory

BENHAM RISE. Filipinos dive into Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo

PH, China coast guards line up joint drills for 2017

Feb 23, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says there will also be high level visits port calls and cooperation against transnational crimes

SUBIC MEETING. Ambassador designate to China Chito Sta Romana witness the signing of agreement between Philippine Coast Guard Commodore Joel Garcia and China Coast Guard Deputy Director Chen Yide. Photo courtesy of the PH Coast Guard

Soon: Hotline between PH, China coast guards

Feb 20, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Officials of China Ministry of Foreign Affairs and and China Coast Guard are in the Philippines this week to discuss joint activities between the two coast guards

FIRST MEETING. This handout photo taken and released by the Philippine Coast Guard-Public Information Office (PCG-PIO) on December 16, 2016 shows Philippine coast guard commander Commodore Joel Garcia (R) shaking hands with Chinese coast guard deputy director general Yun De (L) at the end of their meeting in Manila. Photo by PCG / AFP

China, Philippine coast guards meet despite sea row

Dec 16, 2016 - 6:52 PM

The two day meeting in Manila on establishing a Joint Coast Guard Committee JCGC comes days after new images showed China had apparently installed defensive weapons on artificial islands in the hotly contested South China Sea

COAST GUARDS. This handout photo taken and released by the Philippine Coast Guard-Public Information Office (PCG-PIO) on December 16, 2016 shows Philippine coast guard commander Commodore Joel Garcia (R) shaking hands with Chinese coast guard deputy director general Yun De (L) at the end of their meeting in Manila. Photo by PCG / AFP

PH Coast Guard gets 2nd patrol ship from Japan

Dec 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM

BRP Malabrigo will join the 1st ship from Japan in patrolling Scarborough Shoal according to PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo

PATROL SHIP. The second of 10 MRRVs from Japan arrive in the Philippines. Photo from Coast Guard Public Affairs Office

Chinese Coast Guard rescues 2 PH fishermen near Scarborough

Dec 02, 2016 - 5:57 PM

If Chinese fishermen needed our assistance we will rescue them That s the job of the coast guard regardless of nationality and race says the Philippine Coast Guard after thanking its Chinese counterpart

This hand out picture taken on August 7, 2016 and released from the Japan Coast Guard shows the China coast guard ship 33103 sailing near the waters of disputed East China Sea islands. Japan Coast Guard/AFP

PH Coast Guard regular patrol in Scarborough resumed August

Nov 19, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Philippine Coast Guard completes its 4th sortie to Scarborough Shoal since President Rodrigo Duterte s visit to China

THE MOUTH OF SCARBOROUGH. Screenshot of a video taken by the Philippine Coast Guard of its first patrol on August 5, 2016 shows a Chinese Coast Guard ship guarding the mouth of the shoal

PH Coast Guard to deploy new ship from Japan to Scarborough

Nov 04, 2016 - 10:59 AM

Transportation Secretary Arthur says the deployment is meant for roving inspection and testing the waters

Coast Guard seizes P5-M shipment of shark parts, butanding tails

Sep 10, 2016 - 7:42 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard confiscates the illegal cargo in Zamboanga City

Vietnamese vessel damages 2,000 sqm of corals – PCG

Jun 18, 2015 - 9:11 PM

Tran Dai Nghia the Vietnamese vessel s captain reports no oil spill in the site of the accident off Albay in the Philippines

PH confirms standoff with Taiwan off Batanes

Jun 03, 2015 - 3:21 PM

The Philippines urges the signing of a landmark fisheries agreement to prevent the occurrence of similar incidents

TAIWANESE IN BATANES. Batanes residents say more Taiwanese boats entered Batanes waters after a controversial shooting incident in 2013. Photo courtesy of Byron Peralta

Coast Guard on full alert ahead of Holy Week

Mar 23, 2015 - 9:01 PM

Every year the number of passengers by sea goes up by 30 during the Holy Week says the PCG public affairs chief Commandant Armand Balilo

EXODUS. The Philippine Coast Guard says it's ready for the mass exodus of Filipinos to the provinces for Holy Week. File photo by Agence France-Presse

PH Coast Guard: Suicide cases rising among ship passengers

Oct 30, 2014 - 6:00 PM

There have been 12 cases of passengers jumping off the ship from June to October 2014 higher than the 10 cases recorded in 2013

Coast Guard trains in handling weapons of mass destruction

Jul 24, 2014 - 7:09 PM

This is part of the preparation of all countries and shipping nations in light of the challenges being brought by terrorism says the PCG spokesperson

World Vision recognizes the diplomatic community

Mar 27, 2014 - 6:53 PM

The role of the diplomatic community is highlighted by World Vision for their support in relief efforts

GRATITUDE. World Vision officials and embassy representatives (L-R) Glicerio Abad, Board Member, World Vision; Josaias dela Cruz, National Director, World Vision; Raphael Hermoso, Executive Director, Office of the United Nations and other INGOs, Department of Foreign Affairs;  Luke Myers, Counsellor (Development) and Head of Cooperation/Conseiller (Développement) et Chef de la cooperation, Embassy of Canada;  Anne Orquiza, Portfolio Manager, Australian Aid;  Michael Hasper, Charge d’ Affaires, German Embassy; Liwayway Vinzons-Chato, Chairman, World Vision Board of Trustees; (Ret.) Chief Justice Reynato Puno, World Vision Board Member; Remedios Baclean, Board member, world Vision; Jack Pan, Executive Assistant to the Representative, Political Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines; Kentaro Yamane, Second Secretary, Economic Section, Embassy of Japan;  Milton Amayun, MD. MPH, Senior Health Advisor, USAID. All photos submitted by World Vision

31 dead in sea mishap; 172 others missing

Aug 17, 2013 - 2:38 PM

5th UPDATE Nearly 600 have been rescued but more than 100 other passengers of Thomas Aquinas and Sulpicio Express 7 are still missing

SEARCH ON. Three-month old Trisia Mae Kumaro is among those rescued from a sea collision in Cebu. Rescuers are still looking for more than 200 missing. Photo by AFP

Aquino orders speedy oil spill clean-up

Aug 10, 2013 - 4:40 PM

The national government is ready to assist LGUs to ensure the safety of people and marine resources says deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte

ACCOUNTABILITY. The oil tanker suspected to be responsible for the leak delivers oil to the Petron oil depot in Rosario, Cavite. Photo from EPA/PCG

Trade-off? 'Bolder' Taiwan boats enter PH

Aug 09, 2013 - 7:53 PM

Taiwan s lifting of sanctions is likely a trade off for portions of Philippine territory a maritime law expert says

Taiwan to PH: Respond or face hiring freeze

May 12, 2013 - 7:32 AM

Taiwan threatens a hiring freeze if the Philippines does not explain fisherman s death within 72 hours

TAIWAN'S ULTIMATUM. Taiwan gives the Philippines 72 hours to respond on the matter of a Taiwanese fisherman's death.

Taiwan: Sanctions over PH shooting

May 11, 2013 - 2:54 PM

UPDATE Taiwan s Ma: We will definitely seek justice for our fisherman We will not rule out the possibility of taking any kind of sanctions

Coast guard wants to refloat Chinese vessel in Tubbataha

Apr 09, 2013 - 2:15 PM

Park rangers were unable to question the Chinese fishermen due to language barrier

GROUNDED. The Coast Guard wants to refloat the Chinese vessel. Photo from the Facebook account of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

1 dead as Myanmar ship sinks off Pangasinan

Feb 17, 2013 - 5:22 PM

14 others remain missing in the sea mishap A coast guard official says the ship encountered engine problems

All set for Tubbataha salvage operation

Feb 07, 2013 - 6:08 PM

The operation will be conducted in close cooperation with the US Navy as stipulated by the approved salvage plan

STUCK ON THE REEF. The USS Guardian hit the upper side of Tubbataha's South Atoll on January 17