Coast guard tightens security on Taiwanese vessel

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ILOCOS NORTE: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said it has tightened security on an impounded Taiwanese vessel loaded with foreign-made cigarettes at the Currimao town port.

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The PCG said the vessel, loaded with around 2,000 boxes of imported cigarettes, and its seven crewmembers remain under its custody while the Bureau of Customs, based in Cagayan’s Aparri town, is checking the authenticity of the shipping documents covering the said cargoes.

Petty Officer 2 Michael Guray, acting deputy commander of the Currimao PCG Station, said the vessel was heading towards Vietnam and Taiwan when PCG personnel intercepted it.

The Taiwanese cargo vessel was impounded on November 19.

Meanwhile, lawyer Josephus Nerez, legal counsel of ship owner Bumijaya International Trading Company, Inc., said the transport of the cigarettes loaded in the vessel is legal and supported by bills of lading.

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