Lawmen intercept 2,300 sacks of questionable rice at wharf PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 August 2013 11:18

Policemen and soldiers of the Task Force Zamboanga raided a cargo vessel unloading 2,300 questionable sacks of rice at the Petron wharf in Baliwasan Seaside last Thursday night.

OIC-City Police Director Sr. Supt. Jose Chiquito Malayo and his men backed up  by TFZ troopers swooped down on the wharf and caught several laborers unloading from M/L Fatima Nursalyn sacks of rice of 25 kilograms each and loading them on cargo trucks around 8 p.m.

Police learned that the vessel was being skippered by Roque Cabasal of Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay.

It was learned that the vessel left Jundilan wharf in Jolo, Sulu around 2 a.m. Thursday  with seven undocumented crew aboard.

Police said the crew as well as the boat captain could not produce papers legalizing the transport of the rice.

The 2,300 sacks of rice with brand name Sunrise AAA were allegedly owned by Madznur Tulawie who also could not produce papers for the shipment.

Police estimated the rice shipment to have a market value of P1, 880,000

Customs Collector Darwisa Schuck however told the apprehending officers that the owner of the rice shipment made their payment, but the official receipt was left at her office.

The Coast Guard, on the other hand, disclosed that the vessel has an expired license in addition to other violations. — Dan Toribio Jr.