By Betheena Kae Unite
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) today clarified that Interior and Local Government Undersecretary is “not a legitimate member of the organization.”
Coast Guard denied the affiliation of Diño to the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), the volunteer arm of the organization, after the undersecretary was photographed wearing a rear admiral uniform of the PCGA.
The photograph was posted in social media yesterday and have earned queries from the netizens over Diño’s affiliation with the organization.
According to PCG spokesman Capt. Armand Balilo , records from the PCGA membership showed that Diño is not a legitimate member of the organization and hence not entitled to wear the PCGA uniform.
The PCG under Republic Act 9993 (PCG LAW of 2010) has the sole responsibility and authority over the PCG Auxiliary membership and activities, he added.
The spokesman further said the PCG has the right to file formal complaint for usurpation of authority and other criminal laws that may be violated by the improper wearing of the organization’s rank and uniform.
Meantime, the PCG will coordinate with Diño, who may have been misled and recruited by bogus PCG Auxiliary organization known for collecting money from its recruits.
It was disclosed that PCG is checking reports that a certain Admiral Villanueva from Manila Yacht Club is behind the scheme of recruiting individuals in exchange of certain amount of money.
Meanwhile, some Coast Guard officials were recently promoted to commodores, which was approved by President Duterte.
The newly promoted officials were Commodores Ed Fabricante, chief of staff of PCG, PMA class of 1989; William Isaga, commander of weapons, electronics and communication command, PMA Class of 1989; Oscar Endona, PCG South Eastern Mindanao commander, PMA class 1990; Allen Toribio, BRP Lapu Lapu commander, PMA class of 1990; Leo Panopi, PCG Northern Mindanao commander, PMMA 1986; Joseph Badajos, PCG Western Visayas commander, Officers Candidate School; and Robert Patrimonio, Logistics Command commander,, PMA class 1991.