2 boats with black flags stopped, 100 questioned PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 13:59

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

Men of the PNP’s Regional Maritime Unit-9  on Tuesday stopped two fast boats and checked some 100 people aboard for possible firearms and link to lawless groups as part of security measures put up after the bloody clash in Basilan that ledt 20 soldiers dead and 53 others wounded.

Supt. Salbino C. Piad identified the two fast seacraft as F/B Nurhana skippered Ramon Aslani and F/B Sitti Ainan skippered by Aisani Aslani.

On board the two fast boats are almost 100 persons.

“It was very suspicious because the boats were flying  a black flag (similar to the ISIS). In quick reponse,  I directed  my men to check the two fast boats. Immediately my troopers jumped off  aboard Police Fast Boat 218 skippered by boat Captain SPO3 Arnold Fernandez  and accompanied by Regional Excutive Senior Officer SPO1 Randy Grageda, PO3 Nuldani Kalbi, POI Loven Oas, PO3 Nurhusin Ilaji and PO1 Nadzfar Arabani,” Piad said.

They chased the two boats and caught with them off Arena Blanco.

During investigation at high seas, the RMU9 troopers disclosed  that  the two boat captains alleged they came from Barangay Labuan.

After thorough interrogation, the lawmen allowed the boats to go on  with their travel.

“Tuloy- tuloy itong checking and monitoring namin sa dagat dahil sa Basilan operations. Nag blockade kami dito sa Zamboanga City channel  at ginagawa namin ang aming mission baka may spillover,” Piad explained. — Allen Abastillas