A collection of news stories/articles written about the Philippine Navy.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
500 boxes of smuggled cigarettes seized
By Bong Garcia
Sunstar zambaonga, Sunday April 17, 2011
AN INTER-AGENCY operations have resulted to the confiscation Wednesday of some 500 boxes of assorted imported cigarettes in the village of Mangsee, Balabac, Palawan, the Philippine Navy disclosed Sunday.
Lieutenant Colonel Omar Tonsay, Philippine Navy public affairs director, said the anti-smuggling operation was launched after the Naval Forces West (NFW) managed to secure search warrant after receipt of information from concerned residents.
Tonsay said the search warrant was issued by Judge Sundiang Dilig against a certain Haji Mirza Abdullah for violation of Presidential Decree 1464 or the anti-smuggling law.
Tonsay said seven houses were also searched in the village of Mangsee, Balabac aside from that of Abdullah, which resulted to seizure of smuggled goods.
“Approximately 500 boxes of assorted smuggled cigarettes suspected to have come from Malaysia were confiscated and documented while inventory of other goods is in progress for subsequent filing of case,” Tonsay said.
He said that Navforwest commander Commodore Edgardo Tamayo credited the successful operation to the joint efforts and cooperation among the Navy, Marines, police as well as the support from the local government of Balabac and its concerned residents.