force, armed with a Letter of Authority and a Mission Order, was immediately dispatched to the area to monitor the movements of the vessel and the actions of its crew members.
“In the afternoon of December 15, 2016, M/T Malolos Limay was seen to have shipsided with M/ T Alpine Magnolia and discharging of fuel started. This was done without lodgment or filing of entry. No duties and taxes were paid. This is pure smuggling in violation of Customs laws and regulations,” said Dy Buco, who heads the BOC’s AOCG.
He said Premediles immediately issued a warrant of seizure and detention covering the two oil tankers and its contents of fuel.
“The vessels were included in the apprehension because they were obviously used in the commission of smuggling,” Dy Buco said.
The apprehended cargo was consigned to S.L. Harbor Bulk Terminal Corp., said Dy Buco, adding that the BOC is now readying charges against this Bataan-based company. (SDR/ Sunnex)