Maritime piracy down by half, Coast Guard says

MARITIME piracy in the Philippines dropped by 50 percent compared with last year, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Latest data from the Coast Guard showed that incidents of piracy and armed robberies against ships in Philippine waters fell to seven last year, from 14 in 2013. Of these seven incidents, two incidents each were reported off Tawi-Tawi province and Manila’s South Harbor, and the others were reported in the provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay, Batangas, and Bataan.

But last month, the PCG reported a failed attempt to loot a foreign vessel, the first such incident this year.

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