104 sacks helmet shells confiscated from boat PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 August 2014 13:55

The Philippine Navy has consficated in Zamboanga City 104 sacks of helmet shells, locally known as ‘’budyong,’’ according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

The PCG said the sacks of helmet shells were found loaded aboard a vessel.

The vessel’s crew members managed to escape. Authorities are now working to identify the owner of the vessel.

Chief Petty Officer Roland Tolentino of the PCG in Zamboanga City said the Navy intercepted the vessel while it was on transit from Basilan to Zamboanga City.

Tolentino said authorities have yet to open all of the sacks to determine if they all contain the same species of regulated shells.

Pedling Munap, fishery division chief of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, said the helmet shells are used as ornaments and material for jewelry-making.

He said each shell could cost at least P250.

Munap said under the Philippine fisheries code, sale, distribution and/or collection of shells are prohibited.

Munap suspects the shells came from the ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) region, which is known for its rich marine resources.

The shells were temporarily brought to the BFAR compound for inventory. — With report from ABS-CBN News