ZAMBOANGA CITY – A small boat suspected of carrying a cargo of smuggled rice was intercepted by a Philippine Navy patrol ship off Zamboanga City.
Officials said the boat was loaded with 8,000 bags of Malaysian rice.
Rear Admiral Jesus Millan said the cargo, estimated to be worth over P7 million, was handed over to the Bureau of Customs in Zamboanga City for proper documentation and the filing of appropriate charges.
“This new apprehension is again part of the intensified conduct of law enforcement and maritime security operations by the Naval Forces Western Mindanao as part of our assistance to the Bureau of Customs in curbing smuggling in Zamboanga City,” he said.
Contraband, mostly rice and fuel, have been intercepted in southern Philippines in recent years.