Balintang Channel

The Balintang Channel (/ˈbɑːlɪntɑːŋ/ BAH-lin-tahng[1]) is the small waterway that separates the Batanes and Babuyan Islands, both of which belong to the Philippines, in the Luzon Strait.

Balintang Channel
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Balintang is the southern channel of the Luzon Strait
Balintang Channel is located in Luzon
Balintang Channel
Balintang Channel
Location within the Philippines
Balintang Channel is located in Philippines
Balintang Channel
Balintang Channel
Balintang Channel (Philippines)
LocationLuzon Strait
Coordinates19°49′0.84″N 121°39′59.4″E / 19.8169000°N 121.666500°E / 19.8169000; 121.666500Coordinates: 19°49′0.84″N 121°39′59.4″E / 19.8169000°N 121.666500°E / 19.8169000; 121.666500
EtymologyBalintang Islands
Part ofLuzon Strait

Notable eventsEdit

1944 incidentEdit

During July 1944, the Imperial Japanese Navy cargo submarine I-29 was torpedoed and sunk in this channel by American Navy submarine USS Sawfish.

2013 shooting incidentEdit

The 2013 Guang Da Xing No. 28 incident, also known as the Balintang Channel incident, was a fatal shooting incident that occurred on 9 May 2013 involving the Taiwanese fishing boat Guang Da Xing No. 28 and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) patrol boat Maritime Control Surveillance 3001, which led to the death of Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng (洪石成) by gunfire from the Philippine vessel.[2] The Philippines' National Bureau of Investigation recommended that homicide be charged against the eight PCG personnel.[3]


  1. ^ Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, 3rd ed. (ISBN 0-87779-546-0; Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster Inc., 1997), p. 107.
  2. ^ Chung, Lawrence (10 May 2013). "Philippines admits coastguard fired at Taiwanese fishing boat". South China Morning Post. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  3. ^ "Balintang Channel Incident report | Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines". 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2016-12-19.