Sun. Mar 7th, 2021
** re Chinese dredger in Bataan ** JANUARY 29, 2021 A Chinese dredging ship has illegally entered the waters of Bataan on Wednesday, according to the Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Customs. The vessel’s automatic identification system transponder was reportedly turned off to hide its location and identity. Two Cambodian crewmembers aboard the vessel also failed to present proper documents. (Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard)

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) issued a warrant of seizure and detention against a Chinese vessel found illegally docked for two years at Manila Bay after it conducted dredging operations in Zambales.

Reports have it that the MV Zhonhai 68 moved to Aparri after conducting dredging operations in Zambales in 2019 but transferred to Manila Bay without the necessary permits from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

“So walang application, walang mga permit at other required documents for ‘yung sa entry niya pati dun sa conversion niya kaya walang mga papers (So, there was no application, no permits and other required documents for entry, including conversion, there are no documents for that),” PCG spokesperson Armand Balilo said in a television report, adding those caused the BOC to detain the vessel.

It can be recalled that former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares urged the PCG to also look into the whereabouts of Zhonhai 88 that was photographed along with the Zhonhai 68 at the Bajo de Masinloc in February 2019.Incidents involving Chinese ships entering the waters of the Philippines and other Asian countries is nothing new. However, some countries have experienced more intrusions by Chinese vessels like Taiwan, which last week was reported to have expelled about 2,000 Chinese vessels illegally dredging sand from its waters in 2020, or more than six times from the previous year. SOVEREIGNPH

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