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PCG disowns group which recruited Martin Diño: Nagpapanggap lang ‘yan!

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The Philippine Coast Guard has denied any ties with the Manila Yacht Club 101st Philippine Coast Guard Auxillary Squadron that recruited Interior Undersecretary Martin Diño as Rear Admiral.

In a statement Tuesday (March 7), PCG Commander Armand Balilo said Squadron “is not recognized in any way by the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Coast Guard Auxillary Directorate.”

“That all of its activities, to include recruitment of members, are not sanctioned and will not be recognized by the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Coast Guard Auxillary,” Balilo said.

He added that the PCG is exerting efforts “to correct this malpractice and misrepresentation” of a certain Admiral Fred Villanueva of the 101st Manila Yacht Club Squadron of the PCGA.

Diño got into hot water for wearing the uniform for a Rear Admiral of the PCHG despite not being a member of its support group.

The PCG said records from the PCG Auxiliary membership showed Diño is not a legitimate member of the organization “and hence not entitled to wear the PCGA uniform.”