PCG intercepts 23 trafficking victims Print
Tuesday, 28 August 2018 15:35

By Bhong Simbajon

Patrolling personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) District SouthWestern Mindanao intercepted another batch of human trafficking victims trying to slip off the southern backdoor over the weekend.

PCG Zamboanga Station chief Lieutenant Commander Noriel Ramos said that patrolling Coast Guard personnel intercepted M/L Fatima Raiza within the vicinity of Bakkungan Island in Tawi-Tawi carrying (23) individuals believed to be victims of human trafficking.

Ramos said that the intercepted vessel was en route towards Turtle island when they were sighted by PCG operatives. Upon the conduct of inspection procedures, the 23 passengers were not able to present any travel documents signifying their official travel to Malaysia.

The apprehended individuals are expected to enter Sandakan in Malaysia via Boan Island where their contact person will fetch them.

Ramos said that upon learning of the report, PCG District Southwestern Mindanao commander Captain Joseph Coyme immediately directed his troops to transport the human trafficking victims to the local port of Zamboanga for proper profiling and turnover to the rightful government agency.

Ramos identified the victims as; Gemma Malicay (34) of Limbunga, Zamboanga del Norte, Luwela Bajao (34) of Malagandis,Zamboanga Sibugay Province, Luzviminda Santos (48) from Kapasigan, Pasig City, Arsenia Dela Cerna (53) from Aurora,Zamboanga del Sur, Virginia De Asis (45) from Bohol, Yolanda Minas (46) from Pagadian City, Gay Gablac (23) of Negros, Davao Oriental, Harib Vilara (29) of Argao,Cebu, Elbert Castro (25) of Ayala,Zamboanga City, Chilo Arnuco (34) of Misamis Occidental, Emelinda Escultor (41) from Labuan,Zamboanga City, Lavern Garcia (27) from Dipolog City, Rofel Ticon (24) from Labason,Zamboanga del Norte, Teresita Pacunla (48) of Lanao del Norte, Lenie Joy Canalan (25) of South Cotabato, Vivian (45) and Jeston (22) and Velardo (48) Sagang all of Labason, Zamboanga del Norte, Reindon Binarao (21) Zamboanga Sibugay, Ralife Ticon (30) from Misamis Occidental, Melvin Evangelista (35) from Marikina City, Johny Boy Alpay (29) from Labason, Zamboanga del Norte, and Romeo Argallon (50) of Tagum City,Davao.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) personnel conducted profiling of victims upon their arrival yesterday morning at the PPA wharf.  (Bhong Simbajon/RMN News)