P120 Million Worth of Smuggled Rice Confiscated by Philippine Coast Guard in Zamboanga Sibugay


The Duterte administration's continued war against corruption yielded some positive reports after the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) confiscated about P120 million worth of smuggled rice from a cargo vessel in Zamboanga, Sibugay.


According to PCG spokesman Capt. Armand Balilo a total of 60,000 undocumented sacks of rice were seized some 25 nautical miles southwest of Olutanga, Zamboanga Sibugay around 9:30 Am on Sunday by joint teams of the Special Operations Unit, Coast Guard K9 Team onboard PCG vessels, DF-314 and its multi-role response vessel, BRP Tubbataha (MRRV 4401).

In a special statement to the media, the PCG spokesman was quoted as saying "The PCG is investigating MV J-Phia, a Liberian flagged cargo ship with 50,242 gross tonnage and overall length of 282 meters (which) was found carrying thousand sacks of rice without pertinent documents onboard,” Balilo said in a statement.



The operations of the Philippine Coast Guard which resulted to the confiscation of the illegal rice shipment was made after reports that reached the PCG showed that a foreign vessel transferred the illegal shipment to MV J-Phia somewhere in Sulu. Authorities promptly monitored the suspected vessel's movement and eventually intercepted it.

During initial investigation of authorities, the captain of the ship claimed that their "last port of call" was in Cagayan de Oro but could not provide any record of departure when asked for specific records.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) units in Cagayan de Oro have subsequently belied the claims of cargo vessel's captain.

BRP Tubbataha, the PCG vessels escorted MV J-Phia to Zamboanga Port while the Bureau of Customs in coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard are set to initiate forfeiture proceedings against the vessel and would likely file a smuggling case against its crew members.

Source: PNA


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