Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Navy seized smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Philippine Navy announced Tuesday the seizure of smuggled cigarettes worth P17.5 million from two motorboats off the southern port city of Zamboanga, but officials did not disclose the names of its owners and crew members for a still unknown reason.


A Philippine Navy photo shows the confiscated cigarettes. 

The Naval Forces Western Mindanao said the boats - MB Nurshida and MB Dreamboy – originated from Sulu province and were intercepted off Ayala and Sinunuc villages.


It said the MB Nurshida, manned by 7 crewmen, was loaded with 228 cases of Cannon cigarettes worth about P7.9 million when it was stopped by patrol boats near the shoreline of Ayala village.

While the MB Dreamboy was carrying 274 cases of assorted cigarette brands worth about P9.6 million. The boat had a crew of 5 men.


“Both watercrafts are believed to have originated from Sulu. The watercrafts were escorted to the Naval Station Romulo Espaldon for a joint inspection and inventory. In all, the two seized vessels were carrying a total of 502 cases of assorted cigarettes worth P17.5 million,” the Navy said.


Mayor Beng Climaco, who was informed by the Navy of the confiscation of the cigarettes, lauded all those involved in the operation. “Muchisimas gracias Naval Forces Western Mindanao for your commitment and dedication in the fight against smuggling in support of President Duterte’s war versus all forms of illegal activities as well as our administration's flagship program on security, health and education,” she said. (Zamboanga Post)

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