Navy intercepts 2 boats loaded with suspected smuggled rice PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 February 2014 17:00

Men of Naval Task Force 61 watercraft have seized two vessels loaded with undocumented imported rice worth P13.8 million on two occasions within a period of one week.
The first rice smuggling incident occurred last January 28, 2014 while the second happened early morning of February 6, 2014.
Skippers of apprehended watercraft failed to show pertinent importation documents during the routine inspection conducted by VT 102 personnel of Naval Forces Western Mindanao.
The apprehended vessels  identified as M/L Sea Dayang owned by a certain Hadji Rashid Faisal of Bongao, Tawi Tawi is loaded with more or less 6,000 sacks (50 kilos/sack) while M/L JF Express owned by Jundam T. Kuyong of Pangutaran, Sulu is loaded with more or less 2,750 sacks (25 kilos/sack) of imported rice.
Both watercraft were properly turned over to a representative of the Bureau of Customs, District Office in Zamboanga City for proper dispositive action.
These two major accomplishments of Naval Task Force 61 in a span of one week manifested the Philippine Navy’s commitment and support to stop the illegal shipment of rice in this part of the archipelago.
Naval Task Force 61 under Naval Forces Western Mindanao remains vigilant to curb smuggling and other illegal activities. These efforts are part of the security framework of protecting vital sea ports against lawless elements.