The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has reported that its Coast Guard District in Palawan rendered assistance in intercepting a personal motor yacht (PY) used for illegal entry of 10 Chinese nationals at the vicinity waters off Barangay Concepcion, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on July 21, 2020.
PCG District – Palawan successfully cordoned PY Chapts at approximately 500 meters away from the nearest shoreline, while members of the police intercepted one passenger of said yacht, 44-year old Dengkang Zhang, who went ashore by boat, according to PCG.
According to PCG report, Zhang claimed he intentionally went ashore to seek assistance for the purchase of food provisions and fuel for their yacht.
“He further shared that they departed from Shenzhen, China and have been sailing for eight days when the interception occurred. Their group planned to return to China after replenishing their food provisions and fuel in Puerto Princesa City,” PCG added.
Upon inspection by PCG K9 and Immigration personnel, it was found out that only three passengers were able to present their passports, other six passengers only had their personal IDs to verify their identities.
Owner of the yacht Zhang possessed a passport and a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).
“The inspection team confirmed that there was no illegal cargo aboard said watercraft, but it has no pertinent certificate to operate,” PCG said. “Based on the initial assessment of the Inter-Agency Response Team, Mr. Zhang’s group violated the immigration law, as well as the prevailing quarantine and health regulations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”
PCG said the Chinese nationals were escorted from the vicinity waters off Barangay Concepcion to Barangay Santa Lourdes, Puerto Princesa City for further investigation.
“While the final disposition of the case is yet to be determined, said District shall ensure the availability of food provisions for the passengers and crew of PY ‘Chapts’,” PCG said. “Commodore Allan Corpuz, Commander of PCG District – Palawan, has recommended the convening of a Provincial Committee on Illegal Entry (PCIE) to resolve the incident.”