The Philippines Navy has blockaded Manila Harbour to keep out further boatloads of Vietnamese refugees.?
SV Crew walking up to naval patrol ship (2 shots)
GV Naval ship in Harbour
GV and Pan Flotilla of ships blockading harbour
SCU Captain looking through binoculars at refugee ship (2 shots)
GV and Pan Refugee ships anchored together (2 shots)
SV Flags on Ship's mast
GV and zoom to blockading Naval vessel (2 shots)
GV and zoom in refugee centre in Mandaluyong
SV and Pan buildings and people at refugee centre (3 shots)
SV Interior children inside refugee camp
GV pan refugee camp
GV Refugee church
GV Interior refugees singing in Church service
GV Pan refugees working in fields
Suggest discard early footage showing awarding ceremony at Coast guard headquarters as US Coast Guard Admiral (four star) John B. Hayes, commandant US Coast Guard gives award to a filipino ship captain. Then Philippine Coast Commanding Officer Commodore Simeon Alejandro gives plaque of appreciation to Admiral Hayes. Hayes leaves headquarters.
Naval Blockade coverage starts as Commodore Alejandro boards ship passing through honour guards. Ship leaves landing, harbour shot, Refugee ship Tung An still filed up 2,100 anchored off Manila bay as camera rolls another coast guard ship and a small fishing boat new arrival with 31 refugees tied-up alongside with Tung An. Several shots of Naval ships participating in blockade. Naval personnel and officers on board the Coast guard flagship RPS Tirad Pass doing their respective assignments as ship cruises along Manila Bay and towards the china sea on hunt for the two refugee ships reportedly heading for the Philippines after ship "Ky Lu" driven off Brunei Jan.28 and another ship "Cuu Long 125" with thousands of refugees, Approaching shoreline, the breakwater, and flock of birds.
the Fabella refugee centre-early morning shots of refugees doing the morning chores, (early shot is the panoramic view of Refugee centre in highland of Mandaluyong, a suburb of Metro Manila), clothes lines on windows, porches, eating, children playing, still asleep along hallway filled with mosquito nets, tending gardens, hearing Sunday mass services.
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Background: The Philippines Navy has blockaded Manila Harbour to keep out further boatloads of Vietnamese refugees. The country is already host to two thousand refugees aboard the freighter Tung An which has been moored in Manila Bay now for five weeks. Another one and a half thousand Vietnamese live in a mainland refugee camp.
SYNOPSIS: The Philippine government's new policy towards refugees was introduced without official announcement. But faced with reports of another two ships with an estimated one thousand refugees aboard heading towards Manila, the government ordered that no more ships should be allowed into Philippines waters. There would be no temporary asylum for the boat-people, their ships would be re-supplied, checked for seaworthiness and sent away.
The government's new policy was too late to prevent six hundred refugees being put ashore on a remote island on Thursday (1 February) about five hundred and sixty kilometres (350 miles) south west of Manila. It seems that one of the two refugee boats reportedly heading for Manila managed to avoid a navy search in the South China Sea and land the refugees on the island. Reuters reports that the refugees will be given temporary aid by the Philippines government. The government says, however, that the freighter Tung An with its two thousand Vietnamese aboard may be sent to Hong Kong next week unless more countries agree to accept people on the ship.
The refugees who are living in the Fabella centre in the Manila suburb of Mandaluyong could be considered the lucky ones. Their conditions are far superior to those endured by the people aboard the Tung An...but officials say the camp is already overcrowded and cannot accept further refugees. The fate of thirty-one people who sneaked into Manila Harbour aboard a fishing boat last week is still being decided.
A United Nations team will visit Hanoi soon to discuss the refugee situation.