PCG turns over intercepted ship Print
Saturday, 25 August 2018 14:11

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Zamboanga Station officially turned over  to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) an apprehended vessel carrying smuggled goods intercepted by coast guard personnel in the high seas of Southern Philippines.

PCG District Southwestern Mindanao commander Captain Joseph Coyme and Zamboanga Station chief Lieutenant Commander Noriel Ramos handed to Zamboanga Customs Collector Atty Lyceo Martinez the pertinent documents turning over M/V Fatima Shakira to the BOC.

The documents also signalled the  possible filing of appropriate charges in court against the ship operator and the consignee of the smuggled goods apprehended on board.

Similarly, Captain Coyme and LCDR Ramos also handed the official inventory of some 1,642 sacks of imported white sugar in (50)kilograms per sack which was confiscated inside the said vessel.

“This official turn over signifies the proper procedure and handling of all confiscated items from our custody to the proper authority which is the Bureau of Customs as a sign of our unified campaign against all forms of smuggling here in Southern Philippines,” Coyme said.

Coyme also revealed that this will not be the last, but only the beginning of the intensified campaign against all violators of the anti-smuggling law, which is one of their tasks aside from their usual job of ensuring safety of all seafarers in their jurisdiction.

For his part, Zamboanga Customs Collector Atty. Lyceo Martinez also lauded PCG District Southwestern Mindanao for its relentless efforts to address such problem here in their jurisdiction and in helping the BOC in the serious campaign.

“Kasisimula pa lang ng aming kooperasyon kasama ang Coast Guard sa kampanya kontra smuggling dito sa ating lugar, ito ay alinsunod sa directive ni Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña nung pumunta sya rito na pagsama samahin ang aming hanay para masawata ang lahat ng smuggling operations dito sa Southern backdoor,” Martinez said. – PCG ZAMBOANGA