9th PNP Maritime to build gunboat unit in Tawi-Tawi PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 November 2011 15:21

The 9th Maritime Mobile  Unit will soon construct a  special gunboat unit in  Bongao  and Mapun Tawi-Tawi.

Newly assumed  9th MMU chief Sr. Supt. Agustin Derio Molina said the construction of the special gunboat unit in Bongao and Mapun is in  partnership with the provincial  government of Tawi-Tawi under Gov. Sadikul Sahali.

The special gunboat unit  includes a wharf and  a building that will house a gunboat.

Molina said the Philippine National Police  Maritime  national headquarters is expected to receive a gunboat that will be donated by the US- Department of Justice.It will be detailed in Bongao and Mapun to combat piracy and lawlessness in the high seas.

Molina said his office is waiting for the formal donation of the 2,500 square meters coastal area in Bongao and Mapun  from the provincial government.

According to Molina, the  9th MMU has a  big command  group of area of jurisdiction because it has a two regions —  9th MMU and Maritime Mobile Unit of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for Basilan ,Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

At present, the gunboat donated by the US Department of Justice is now detailed in Balabak Palawan.

Malaysia is also speeding up the construction of  a special gun boat unit because they also want to receive similar donation from the US government, Molina revealed..

Before assuming command last November 3, Molina was assigned in Palawan.    He graduated from the Philippine National Police Academy in 1985.

Former 9th MMU chief Sr. Supt. Eduardo Serapio Garado is now the new assigned in Cebu City (Region 7). — Allen Abastillas