US envoy to turnover projects for Maritime police in Tawi-Tawi PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 March 2015 11:24

US Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg will be the guest of honor during the turnover of a Special Boat Unit building facilities, five police gunboats and one supply vessel to the Philippine National Police’s  Maritime Group 1th Maritime Special Operations Unit on Tuesday, March 17, at Sitio Sukkiat, Barangay  Nalil Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

Goldberg will lead the cutting of the ribbon during the inauguration ceremony. He will be assisted by PNP OIC Police Deputy Director General  Leonardo A. Espina, Maritime Group OIC Chief Supt.  Noel Vargas,  Regional  Maritime Unit 9  Chief Sr. Supt. Shepard R. Reyes , local official representative ,military officials and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao representatives .

Reyes disclosed that the Special Boat Unit building facilities  and gunboats have been donated by the US government. Maritime Group Camp Crame created the Maritime Special  Operations Unit for Maritime troopers .    The  mission of 1st MSOU  is to enforce laws against crimes at sea, lawlessness and  terrorism and human trafficking. Unit commands have been established in Tawi –Tawi, Sulu, Basilan, Palawan and the battalion  headquarters of MSOU  is located at the beach front of Barangay Bolong, Zamboanga City.

The building under construction at Bolong is still ongoing. — Allen Abastillas