The smuggled rice in sacks that indicated these were from Vietnam but authorities were still investigating the shipment’s origin. LEAH D. AGONOY

Coast Guard stops rice smuggling, seizes 9,000 sacks in Zambo del Sur

PAGADIAN CITY—-The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) seized on Thursday (Feb. 20) at least 9,000 25-kilo sacks of smuggled rice off the waters of Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur.

The contraband was transported by a boat owned by a Sulu trader.

PCG Zamboanga del Sur chief Lt. Commander Paul Ryan Gonzales said that while his men were snooping on illegal fishers around Panikian Island in Pitogo town, they saw a boat named ‘ML Nor-an’ with no Safety Security Environmental Numbering System print on its body.

Gonzales added that the same boat entered the marine protected area which prompted the Coast Guard to radio a reprimand that was ignored.

When the PCG team approached, the boat moved away, triggering a chase.

 

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