PCG seizes explosives in Surigao

August 15, 2009 9:06 am 

MANILA, Aug. 15 –Operatives of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) seized explosives chemicals dynamite sticks from a 10-wheeler Fuso trailer truck in Surigao on Friday night.

Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, PCG commandant, said combined personnel of Coast Guard Detachment Lipata, led by Petty Officer 1 Harlan P. Monta, local Philippine Port Authority (PPA) police and Surigao City police seized the dangerous shipment at 11:40 p.m. Friday.

Seized were more or less 32 sacks of 50 millimeter Emulex Dangerous Explosives of ammonium nitrate, 828 dynamite sticks, and some 300 pieces of non-electric blasting caps.

They were loaded in a 10-wheeler Fuso trailer truck (UTP 813) and driven by a certain Edgar G. Navarro together with his helper named Hilarion Gualter Escala.

Commodore Edgardo Gongona of the Coast Guard District in Northern Mindanao said initial investigation disclosed that the truck came from Tandag, Surigao Del Sur and bound for Batangas via Lipata port with no pertinent documents.

The said shipment of explosive materials were about to be loaded on board MV Maharlika Cinco at the Lipata Ferry Terminal when discovered by the Coast Guard Boarding Team.

The boarding team immediately sought the assistance of the local PPA police and PNP unit.

Earlier this month, similar shipments of ammonium nitrate with thousands of blasting caps with detonating cords were seized by a Coast Guard Boarding Team in Mandaue, Cebu bound for Ozamis.

Just a few days after, some 12 homemade dynamites were also discovered by a Coast Guard Boarding Team on board a ferry boat in Lucena.

Tamayo has earlier directed all Coast Guard districts and stations around the country to ensure that their respective personnel are more visible, vigilant and prepared to deter or neutralize all forms of threats to maritime security, particularly in the port areas and on board commercial ships, in partnership with shipping, port authorities, other uniformed services and other cognizant agencies. (PNA)



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