The Philippine Navy Seizes Vessels Carrying Undocumented Firearms
Naval Task Group Central, spearheaded by Patrol Gunboat (PG) 118, BRP Emilio Liwanag, intercepted seven (7) vessels with expired documents and undocumented firearms in the vicinity of Vincenzo Sagun, Zamboanga Del Sur last Thursday, 15 August 2013.
PG 118, under the command of Cdr Erwin Calimag PN, seized suspicious watercrafts while conducting Maritime Law Enforcement (MARLEN) Patrol and Maritime Security Patrol (MARSECPAT) along the waters of Domanquillas Point.
The PG crew immediately conducted a routine inspection of the intercepted vessels and discovered violations, to wit: (1) F/B Realyn 4 – expired documents; (2) F/B Realyn 2 – expired documents, and 1 M16 & 1 M14 with tampered serial number and improper issuance Permit to Carry (PTC); (3) F/B Realyn 7 – expired documents; (4) F/B Realyn 9 – expired documents, and M14 with tampered serial number and improper issuance of PTC; (5) F/B Queen Realyn – 1 M16 & 1 M14 with tampered serial number and improper issuance PTC; (6) F/B Realyn 8 – 1 Carbin with tampered serial number and improper issuance PTC; and (7) F/B Realyn – no document onboard.
CAPT Albert A Mogol, PN (GSC), Commander of the Naval Task Force 61 (CNTF61), onboard the PG 118, personally inspected the undocumented firearms prior to turn over to the proper authority.
Moreover, the intercepted vessels with violations were escorted to Margosatubig Pier for proper disposition in coordination with Coast Guard Station Margosatubig.
Press Release, August 19, 2013; Image: Navy