Villanueva insists '101st Manila Yacht Club Squadron' is legit

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Posted at Mar 06 2018 01:18 AM | Updated as of Jan 03 2020 06:22 PM

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Fred Villanueva of the 101st Manila Yacht Club Squadron on Monday insisted that they are a legitimate member of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Villanueva said the group, which was organized in 1973, was the first PCG Auxiliary in the country.

He also said the 101st MYC Squadron is the only PCG Auxiliary recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Villanueva said all members of the 101st MYC Squadron are authorized to wear the PCG uniform.

He said he does not understand why the PCG is denying their group is part of the PCG Auxiliary.

"Ngayon ho dine-deny ng Philippine Coast Guard. Sa tingin ko ho wala ho silang computer na database na matino sa Coast Guard," he said.

He added the PCG should have investigated on their group's background before giving a statement.

"Hindi ho nila ginawa 'yung homework nila. Sana nag-imbestiga sila kung ano ang tunay na pangyayari, ano 'yung legitimate na nangyari. Hindi ho. Kinampihan ho nila 'yung na-kick out, 'yung kumalas," Villanueva said.

Villanueva was referring to current PCGA National Director, Valentin Prieto, who he accused of "stealing" documents of the 101st MYC Squadron when he left the group.

The issue of the legitimacy of the 101st MYC Squadron as part of the PCG Auxiliary arose after photos of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Martin Diño wearing a rear admiral uniform circulated online.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Sunday that Diño is not a member of its volunteer arm group and may face usurpation of authority and even criminal raps for wearing the uniform. 

The PCG also said they are verifying reports that Diño may have been "misled" by a certain "Admiral Villanueva" from the Manila Yacht Club, who is allegedly recruiting members for a "bogus" PCGA group.