Coast Guard intensifies patrol in South
ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Coast Guard said it will heigthen security patrol in the southern Philippines following the recent seizure of a cargo ship loaded with some 50,000 bags of suspected smuggled rice off Tongkil Island in the province of Sulu.
Captain Joseph Coyme, commander of Coast Guard District South Western Mindanao, said the ship, MV Hulk, of Key West Shipping Lines Corporation, is based in Cagayan de Oro City. Its crew said they suffered engine trouble and was forced to drop anchor off Tongkil. Two Coast Guard vessels, BRP San Agustin under Lieutenant Jeffrey Collado, and the BRP Bagacay, under Commander Joel Simoagto, towed the cargo ship to Zamboanga City and is now at the Ben Go wharf.
“The apprehended vessel encountered engine trouble and shut down while heading to Zamboanga City. The vessel is temporarily under the custody of Coast Guard awaiting for the Bureau of Customs’ inspection,” Coyme said, adding, theyare investigating the crew to determine who owns the cargo and where it came from. (Mindanao Examiner)
Coast Guard photo shows seized 50,000 bags of rice from MV Hulk.