On or about 02 March 16, the CIIS seized gun parts at the Mindanao Container Terminal, a sub-port of Cagayan de Oro Port, is in Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental. The initial suspicion of investigation was that the shipment was possibly part of the smuggling operations involving a United States lawmaker. The gun parts were hidden in two tractors and a second-hand Harley Davidson motorcycle, which in turn were in a 40-foot container van. They were also mixed with tools inside the container to avoid detection. “We have been monitoring the shipment for so long because of the information we received it contains a motorcycle,” Enciso said. “We would check if there are other gun parts hidden in the trucks that could be assembled,” said Alvin Enciso, officer-in-charge of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) in Cagayan de Oro in Northern Mindanao. On paper, the consignee of the shipment was Starling Trading, and the customs broker was a certain Oliver Lisondra. However, Enciso said the intelligence group is looking into the involvement of a “port operator” in the smuggling attempt. Charges of misdeclaration and unauthorized importation of gun parts, among others, will be filed against the suspects, Enciso said.

Source: Rappler