Sun.Star Pampanga - - FEA­TURE! -

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)

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