Philippine Coast Guard won’t be stopped by Taiwan

The Philippine Coast Guard along with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will continue to conduct patrols to protect Batanes’ vast waters despite of the confrontation between Philippine Coast Guard and its Taiwanese counterpart in the area last May 25, Cmdr. Armand Balilo, PCG spokesperson said.

“The deployment will continue,” Cmdr. Balilo said in Filipino.

According to Balilo, the incident took place shortly after PCG-BFAR apprehended the Min Jiang Tsai 6 Taiwanese fishing boat 18 nautical miles off north east of Batanes at 6:25 p.m.

A BFAR vessel was towing the fishing boat when a Taiwan Coast Guard cutter, with bow number 118, appeared and blocked the path of the PCG-BFAR ship, he added.

The Taiwanese craft then sought the immediate release of the captured Min Jiang Tsai 6.

“After four hours of negotiation, PCG operatives per instruction of BFAR officers in the boat, released the fishing boat,” said Balilo.

Last May 7, the Coast Guard also apprehended a Taiwanese fishing boat, the Sheng Feng, near Yamil Island, Batanes.