By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine National Police Maritime Group has arrested ten fuel smugglers in a police operation on Thursday, 18 March 2021 in Barangay Parang Pantay, Languyan, Tawi-Tawi.
Citing reports of Police Brigadier General John Mitchell V Jamili, Director of Maritime Group, OIC PNP Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar announced the arrest of SALDI, 29; KADS ABDULMAJID, 37; TANONG SALI, 28; ASRI TUWAD 32; PEPE MDYUSOF, 25; TOTOH POTEH ABDULGAFUR, 38; RAKI IDRIS, 30; MOKTADEN DAUD, 37; TOY IYA, 39; and PUWA IDRIS 43.
The suspects are residents of Tandubas, Tawi-Tawi.
Investigation revealed that at around 5 p.m. of March 18, 2021, joint operatives were patrolling the seashores near Barangay Parang Pantay, Languyan, Tawi-Tawi when they saw a color yellow motorboat.
The vessel immediately sped off when they sensed the presence of the operating team. The team chased the motorboat and stopped them thereafter conducted proper boarding procedures and confirmed that the vessel has gasoline on drums aboard and other various goods with no pertinent documents.
The 10 suspects were arrested by joint elements of Special Operations Unit 1 (SOU) RMU BAR Maritime Group (Lead Unit), Bureau of Customs, Task Force ADUANA, and Phil Coast Guard for violation of RA 10863 (Customs Modernization and Tariff Act), Eleazar said.
The said police operation led to the confiscation of 400 drums full of gasoline with an estimated value of P3.3 million; one motor-launched boat marked “Princess Sahra” with an estimated value of P2.5 million.
The arrested suspects together with the confiscated items are now under the custody of SOU1 MG for documentation prior to the turn over of said evidence to the Bureau of Customs and the filing of appropriate cases in court. (AI/MTVN)