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Chinese poachers could face 20 years over pangolins

Twelve suspected Chinese poachers could face up to 20 years in prison for possession of hundreds of dead pangolins or scaly anteaters, Philippine wildlife authorities said Wednesday. The boat carrying the 12 Chinese men ran aground on Tubbataha marine park, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed coral reef near Palawan, last week. "We are preparing a case. We are still compiling supporting documents (but) it carries a heavy penalty of 12 to 20 years imprisonment," Adelina Villena, environment officer of the province of Palawan, told AFP.

PCG transports 128 Filipinos displaced in Sabah row

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Saturday announced that one of its ships have transported 128 Filipinos displaced by the fighting between followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and Malaysian security forces, to safe havens in Taganak, Tawi-Tawi.A newly born child was among the 128 people assisted by the PCG. "Officials and crew members of PCG search and rescue vessel BRP Nueva Vizcaya (SARV-3502) ... went to Taganak, Tawi-Tawi to transport (the) returnees," it said.The PCG said the 128 returnees included 58 adults and 70 children.

Sabah CM hands appointment letters to 7 ESSCOM officers

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman Friday handed the instruments of appointment to the seven key officers of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM), which takes effect Friday.

Air Philippines to open Puerto Princesa-Coron flight again

Air Philippines is opening its Puerto Princesa-Coron and vice versa flight again starting May 17, and the route will be connected to the Visayas, particularly Bacolod and Caticlan.The information was disclosed by Maribel Buñi, chief tourism operations officer of the Provincial Tourism Office, who said the re-opening of the flight route is advantageous to Palawan as it is an opportunity to boost the influx of tourists in the provinceBuñi said the re-opening of the flight from the city to the municipality of Coron in the Calamianes Group of Islands, and other sea transportation

Coast Guard to siphon bunker fuel off grounded Chinese fishing vessel

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Palawan will attempt to lighten the load of the Chinese fishing vessel in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP), Sulu Sea in a bid to float it off the North Atoll where it ran aground Monday night.Major Oliver Bañaria, spokesperson of the Western Command (WESCOM), disclosed this to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Thursday while the vessel’s 12 Chinese crewmen are being charged for violating Section 27 of Republic Act 10067 (Tubbataha National Park Act) at the Palawan Regional Trial Court (RTC).As of this writing, Bañaria said the PCG has

Environment authorities crack down on illegal wildlife traders

Environment authorities in Palawan are cracking down on several homes in northern municipalities reportedly being used as storerooms of certain species of illegally marketable wildlife.Powered by a search warrant issued by Branch 95 of the Palawan Regional Trial Court, the Wildlife Monitoring Unit of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff and the Roxas Municipal Police searched the home of a certain Joseph F.

PCG deploys additional teams to help remove grounded Chinese fishing vessel in Tubbataha

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Thursday announced the deployment of additional teams to Tubbataha Reef to help remove a Chinese fishing vessel grounded since Monday night and to prevent any oil spill in the marine sanctuary.Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr.

Chinese fishing vessel runs aground in Tubbataha

More than a week after the last remain of the ex-USS Guardian was taken off the South Atoll of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP), a new grounding incident was recorded in the marine protected area late Monday night - a Chinese fishing vessel with 12 crewmen.Commodore Enrico Efren Evangelista of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Palawan District told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the Chinese fishing vessel with bow number 63168 ran aground on the North Atoll, where the ranger station of the TRNP is located 1.1 nautical miles east.He said Coast Guard vessel, BRP Ro

Madrigal calls for tighter security around Tubbataha Reef

Amidst reports that a Chinese fishing vessel had run aground in Tubbataha Reef, Team PNoy senatorial bet Jamby Madrigal on Tuesday called for tighter security measures around the Unesco World Heritage site.Madrigal, principal author of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act of 2009, said in a statement issued to media that Philippine naval authorities should exert serious efforts in guarding restricted zones, apprehending intruders and imposing stiff penalties - including possible jail time - against offenders.“This latest incident shows how vulnerable our marine resources are

Chinese fishermen to be charged with poaching

The superintendent at the Tubbataha National Marine Park on Tuesday said the Chinese fishermen whose vessel got stuck on a reef there would be charged with poaching and could face imprisonment on top of fines of up to $200,000.As of 4 p.m., the 48-by-8 meter ship was still stuck on a reef, as the Coast Guard vessel deployed to extricate it was too light, Angelique Songco of the Tubbataha Management Office said.She said rangers detected the presence of the grounded vessel at 11:40 p.m.
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