2 nabbed, am­mo­nium ni­trate seized

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Camille L. Pateres/MBG

Two per­sons were ar­rested and two ki­los of am­mo­nium ni­trate were seized as op­er­a­tives in Cen­tral Visayas launched op­er­a­tion against il­le­gal fish­ing in the two is­lands of Cebu Prov­ince.

The op­er­a­tion was called Oplan Alon and car­ried out by op­er­a­tives from Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-7, Philip­pine Coast Guard (PSG), Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) and Bureau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources (BFAR).

They con­ducted seaborne pa­trol and served search warrants against per­son­al­i­ties be­lieved to be in­volved in il­le­gal fish­ing.

Chief Supt. De­bold Si­nas, PRO-7 re­gional di­rec­tor, said that they launched the Oplan Alon af­ter re­ceiv­ing nu­mer­ous re­ports about dy­na­mite fish­ing.

"Ram­pant re­ports of il­le­gal fish­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in tar­get ar­eas that threaten to de­stroy the food and liveli­hood se­cu­rity of the lo­cal com­mu­nity that will ul­ti­mately lead to de­struc­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment and eco­nomic/liveli­hood of the peo­ple which fur­ther lead them to poverty and their as­so­ci­a­tions to in­sur­gency ac­tiv­i­ties," Si­nas said in a press state­ment.

In Madride­jos, two fish­er­men were nabbed af­ter be­ing caught hav­ing im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices.

Op­er­a­tives searched in the house of a cer­tain Wil­son Sa­y­sis, 50, in si­tio Vil­lagon­zalo, Barangay Man­cilang.

The search war­rant was signed by Judge Ruben Al­tubar of Re­gional Trial Court 29 of Toledo City.

Seized from him were two ki­los am­mo­nium ni­trate, nine pieces pis­ton and six matches.

These are some of the ma­te­ri­als needed to make an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice used in il­le­gal fish­ing.

"Dili ra ni pang kon­sumo lang niya, ipa­ma­li­gya sad ni niya ang uban sa mga mangis­daay sad diha," an in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer told THE FREE­MAN.

He said that Sa­y­sis was pre­vi­ously ar­rested in 2017 for il­le­gal fish­ing.

In Si­tio Pabrika, Barangay Kang­wayan, they ar­rested Ephraim Villaruel Dela Cruz, 80, for pos­ses­sion of two bot­tles of IED.

The com­bined forces also con­ducted seaborne pa­trolling in other coastal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Santa Fe, Daan Ban­tayan, Medellin, San Re­me­gio, San Fran­cisco, Poro, Tudela and Pi­lar.

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