AFP chief Gapay says situation in South China Sea remains volatile, uncertain

MANILA, Oct 13 (Mabuhay) —  Armed Forces chief General Gilbert Gapay on Tuesday described the situation in the South China Sea as “volatile and uncertain.” During an online forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), Gapay...

DFA chief thumbs down proposed PCG attaché in Beijing

MANILA, Aug 26 (Mabuhay) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has rejected the reported proposal to place an attaché for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Beijing, saying it would equate to Manila conceding its rights in the West Philippine Sea. Locsin said...

Hold departure order issued vs crew of MV Vienna Wood — PCG spox

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said its motion to issue hold departure order against crew members of MV Vienna Wood has been granted, spokesman Commodore Armand Balilo said Wednesday. Balilo confirmed to reporters that the...

Japanese emperor, empress to visit Manila in January

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are scheduled to pay a state visit to the Philippines in January, Malacañang said on Friday. In a text message to Palace reporters, presidential spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda said the state visit would be from...

More than 3,000 passengers stranded in Luzon seaports

MANILA, Oct 17 (Mabuhay) – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Saturday said more than 3,000 people have been stranded in seaports in Luzon due to Typhoon Lando. The PCG said that as of 8 a.m., a total of 3,155 people have been stranded in sea ports in Bicol, Southen Tagalog and...

Flights cancelled, passengers stranded as Typhoon Lando nears

MANILA, Oct 17 (Mabuhay) — Several domestic flights were cancelled on Saturday due to bad weather brought by Typhoon Lando. In an advisory, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the following flights were cancelled: Terminal 3 5J 196 MNL-CAUAYAN 5J 197...

MB Kim Nirvana was not overloaded – MARINA

MANILA (Mabuhay) –The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) on Thursday said it found no sign of overloading of the ill-fated MB Kim Nirvana-B, which sank off Ormoc last week and left 62 people dead. MARINA Administrator Maximo Mejia told lawmakers at the House transportation...

DOTC to probe Marina’s liability in approving design of capsized Kim Nirvana

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya on Monday said officials of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) may be held liable if the design of the ill-fated MB Kim Nirvana-B was approved despite its supposed deficiencies. “Kung may pagkakamali ng...

Chiz says Coast Guard budget provides for more safety inspections to reduce sea mishaps

Senator Chiz Escudero reminded the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) of the “promissory note” attached to its P5.6 billion budget this year that it would step up safety inspections of sea vessels and cut down mishaps by the country’s 9,574-strong merchant fleet. Escudero, who chairs...

Charges filed vs owner, captain of ill-fated Kim Nirvana

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Ormoc City Police have filed charges against the owner and captain of the ill-fated M/B Kim Nirvana. Supt. Ferdinand Garay, chief of the Ormoc City Police, on Saturday said they have filed multiple murder charges against M/B Kim Nirvana’s owner, Joge Bung...