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Coast Guard intercepts two boats loaded with suspected smuggled rice


Two motor lunches carrying suspected smuggled rice were intercepted Friday night,  by elements of the Philippine Coast  Guard-Southwestern Mindanao (PCG-SWM)  at vicinity 300 yards off Taha wharf in the coastal  village of Baliwasan Seaside, this city.

CG-SWM commander Captain  Roni Gil Gavan said  patrol crafts of CG-SWM were conducting its intensified seaward law enforcement and security operations last Friday night  when they spotted M/L Fatima and M/B Rajena, a  jungkong type motor craft about 10:35pm

Immediately, elements of  CG-SWM, GC Station Zamboanga  together  with officials of  the Bureau of Customs (BOC), and  soldiers of Army’s 11th Infantry Battalion  under joint Task Force Zamboanga  boarded the  two sea crafts which were found out to be loaded with an estimated 2,500 sacks of  25-kilo per sack of suspected imported rice.

There were no report as to where the two sea crafts were heading to that night and if the sacks of rice were intended for  re-sale or for mere consumption only.

Gavan said patrol craft of CG-SWM towed the two sea crafts to the Zamboanga City Port  for  verification of its cargoes, whether the smuggled rice it carries were imported and if it had already  paid the corresponding duties and taxes for the said goods at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) office.

Initial inspection conducted by CG-SWM onboard the two water crafts revealed that numerous maritime safety violations were also found out.

CG Station Zamboanga immediately issued  an Enforcement Inspection Apprehension Report  to the two  sea crafts, Gavan said.

CG-SWM has intensified its security patrol along the coastal sea lanes of Zamboanga City in   coordination  with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) and the City Police Office in preparation for the scheduled  visit of  President Rodrigo Duterte in this city yesterday. (By Ely Dumaboc)

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