By Allen Abastillas
A motorboat, locally called Jungkung, loaded with more than 200 sacks of imported rice was intercepted by men of the Regional Maritime Unit-9 at the Arcillas beach area in Upper Calarian at dawn on Saturday.
Supt. Salbino C. Piad, RMU-9 chief, said that while their Patrol Boat 219 skippered by PO2 Albert Duyungan was on routinary seaborne patrol operation off Rio Hondo, they received a radio communication saying that a motor boat was unloading rice at the Arcillas beach in Upper Calarian.
The sea police troopers immediately proceeded to the area.
It was found out the boat with tail name Fatima Sheena was unloading imported rice stuffed in yellow sacks with the letters AAA written on them.
When the lawmen asked for the documents of cargo, a certain Usman can not produce any.
Further investigation revealed that the rice cargo was transported from the port of Maluso in Basilan.
Informing him that the rice is illegal, the maritime police instructed Usman to start the engine and sail with the lawmen towards the RMU-9 finger wharf in Baliwasan for documentation.
After the documentation and investigation, the boat was brought to the Zamboanga City wharf for proper turnover to the Burea of Customs.
Piad ordered Sr. Insp. Abellon to turn over the vessel to the BoC officials around 9 a.m. — Allen Abastillas