PCG ready to help search for Malaysia Airlines plane


Posted at Mar 09 2014 11:25 AM | Updated as of Mar 09 2014 07:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) did not send a ship to help in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, but said it is ready to respond should the Vietnamese Coast Guard (VCG) asks for help.

The Boeing 777-200 plane that was bound for Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew members disappeared on Saturday.

PCG spokesperson Armand Balilo said the Coast Guard is closely monitoring the situation, even if the possible crash site of the plane is far from the West Philippine Sea.

Balilo added that there is direct communication between the PCG and the VCG, but they have not yet received a request for help from their Vietnamese counterparts.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines had earlier sent the BRP Gregorio del Pilar of the Philippine Navy to help in the search and rescue operations.

China, Singapore and the United States are also helping in the search and rescue operations. -- Report from Dennis Datu, DZMM.