P3.2M worth of smuggled rice intercepted off Zamboanga City

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Sta. Cruz Island in Zamboanga City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Jay Agoo

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Government authorities on Wednesday seized some P3.2 million worth of allegedly smuggled Jasmine rice from a vessel they had intercepted off Sta. Cruz Island here on Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent Jose Chiquito Malayo, city police director, said the joint police, Coast Guard and Navy team launched an operation after a maritime patrol team became suspicious of a motor launch sailing for this city.

Kee Dugusan, the captain of ML Anraiza, could not show legal documents for the shipment, consisting of about 3,200 pieces of 25-kilogram bags of Jasmine rice, he said.

The boat captain was being held for questioning over the contraband, Malayo said.

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  • generalproblem

    kung pag iibayuhin lang ng coast guard at custom ang panghuhuli sa mga smuggled na bigas di natin kailangan sigurong magtanim ng palay. kung hindi naman pwede itong pagbili ng nfa sa murang halaga magkakapera pa ang gobyerno naktulong pa sa mahihirap. saka andami nating sakuna lagi pwede itong pang relief goods

  • 12345ME

    itapon na agad yan na bigas baka galing pa CHINA yan kung ano-anong chemical ang meron sa bigas na yan.

  • 12345ME

    panoorin sa youtube to para matauhan kayo sa bigas na binibili nyo na smuggled

    watch?v=O-_ubuFhqQA

  • blue_lights

    Ok, please let people know when the rice will be auctioned off so the smugglers can buy it back!

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