Navy intercepts boat loaded with firearms PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 November 2011 17:15

JOLO — Assorted loose firearms were seized by Navy personnel aboard a watercraft sailing the vicinity of Cabalian Pt.,Parang, Sulu.

According to Ens. Raymund Sarmiento, commanding officer of PG384 (vessel), they were conducting a Maritime Interdiction Patrol when they spotted the suspicious watercraft.

After carrying out the proper procedure on the conduct of Visit,Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS), the crew found two M-16, one M-16A1, one M14, two hand grenades, 429 assorted ammunitions, 11 short magazines, five long magazines, five clips M14 Rifle, one bolo with amulet, one pouch, and one bandoleer onboard.

The watercraft was further identified as “F/B Madznur” with 21 passengers and owned by a certain Mudassil Madjung of Barangay Walled City, Jolo Sulu. 

The said watercraft was also operating with expired Certificate of Inspection and Special Permit for Unlicensed Officer from Maritime Industry Authority.

With these number of violations found, the Navy vessel towed F/B Madznur to Jolo pier for its proper turnover to proper authorities for filing of appropriate charges.

Based on an intelligence report, the said watercraft was believed to be conducting extortion/piracy on fishing boats operating in the vicinity of Parang, Sulu.

Meanwhile, a suspicious watercraft was spotted and later inspected by personnel of Navy vessel PG384 traversing waters of Parang, Sulu.  After the conduct of initial board and search, a number of assorted illegally sawn lumber flitches were found onboard.

The Navy vessel towed and escorted the watercraft toward Jolo Pier for the conduct of further assessment.

The apprehended watercraft was identified as M/L Lady Luck skippered by a certain Jakaria Aspi with eight crew and seven passengers. Mr Talib Jumpilan, a resident of barangay Lamion, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, owned M/L Lady Luck.

During the course of inspection, no valid documents were presented to the inspection team composed of representatives from the DENR-Sulu and the Navy under the Naval Task Group Sulu headed by Cdr Jose which led to the confiscation of the logs and filling of appropriate charges against the owner.

According to Rear Admiral Armando Guzman, the apprehension of M/L Lady Luck is an additional to their list of vessels seized with illegal hot lumbers onboard.  It can be noted that all vessels and illegal logs are transported from Tawi-Tawi and sold in Sulu.

More or less 10,000 board feet of lumber were turned over to representative of DENR-Sulu with an estimated market value of P 270,000.