PH Coast Guard files criminal raps vs. HK ship crew


MANILA – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Monday, July 6,  said criminal complaints resulting in multiple homicide and damage to property have been filed against the shipping company, master, and officers of the Hong Kong-registered flagged cargo ship MV Vienna Wood.

The case was filed before Prosecutor Rowena Garcia-Villaflores of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Occidental Mindoro. PCG named the respondents as Zhang Weiwei, Shin Bin, Yi Lei, and Yang Xileng.

Coast Guard spokesman Commodore Armand Balilo said that PCG Station Commander of Occidental Mindoro, Lt. Valerie Lagua acted as the complainant with PCG personnel, responders, and fishermen as witnesses.

The search and retrieval mission for the 14 Filipinos aboard the sunken FV Liberty 5 is currently ongoing on the waters off Tayamaan, Mamburao. Two PCG vessels are preparing to augment the search operations.

The collision between vessel Vienna Wood and Philippine fishing boat Liberty 5 happened on June 27 at 10:20 PM. The 45-meter local fishing vessel Liberty 5 was heading towards Navotas, Metro Manila while Vienna Wood was on the way to Australia from Subic. The collision occurred due to “rough seas.”

After five days of continued search and rescue operation, no signs of life were recovered from the collision. The search and retrieval mission will be extended until July 7. Families and relatives of the missing fishermen appealed to the government not to stop the search.

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