Vietnamese ship, 3 local boats with big rice shipment brought to Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:03

Military troops escorted a foreign vessel and three Philippine inter-island boats to Zamboanga City for proper custody after government forces intercepted them off Pata Island, Sulu carrying millions of pesos worth of smuggled rice and firearms.

Jul Salisi, one of the local boat captains, told DZT that they were just instructed by the owner of the boat as well as the two others to proceed to Pata Island to load sacks of rice from a Vietnamese ship.

Salisi said their boat  and the two other vessels arrived in Pata Island last Sunday where they immediately loaded sacks of rice from M/V An Bien-89-Acli skippered by Nguyen Van Loi with 16 Vietnamese crew.

However at dawn last Monday, military troops arrived in Pata Island and held them after they failed to produce documents legalizing them the importation of the rice.

Further report said that government forces recovered seven M14 rifles, five M16 rifles and two M203 grenade launchers with several rounds of ammunition from the Vietnamese vessel.

Salisi said the owner of the rice shipment whose name he refused to mention, would pay them P10 per sacks for the shipment to different cities and provinces in the country.

Yesterday, the four vessels dropped anchor at the local wharf.

The case is being handled by different government agencies.—Dan Toribio