Coast Guard: Gun ban applies in ships

By Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2013 06:43 PM | Updated as of Mar 21 2013 02:43 AM

MANILA - The Philippine Coast Guard assured the riding public who intend to take sea transport for the coming Holy Week that passenger safety will be monitored vigilantly.

Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena led Coast Guard officers in inspecting Pier 2 of Manila North Harbor Wednesday afternoon to make sure that necessary measures and facilities for passenger safety are being provided by shipping companies to their passengers.

"Dahil may election gun ban, ipapatupad din naman ito sa mga barko," he said in an interview onboard the vessel St. Peter the Apostle.

Isorena made sure that sea marshalls, specially those doing undercover work, are deployed to vessels.

Several passengers are now taking advantage of the time before the port gets crowded when the Holy Week begins next Monday.

"Mas mura po kasi pamasahe pag ganitong panahon, kumpara pag Holy Week na," one passenger said.

On Wednesday morning, the Office for Transportation Security of the Department of Transportation and Communications conducted an anti-terrorism exercise that featured simulation of responses to explosions and hostage situation.

Dubbed as "Buklod-Dagat", the exercise employed assets from the Philippine Coast Guard and sea marshalls onboard passenger vessels responding to various situations.