EIGHT boxes of assorted ammunition marked as relief goods for victims of typhoon Yolanda victims were seized by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) inside a passenger vessel in Coron, Palawan.
PCG spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo said that the boxes contained 4,000 bullets for .44, .45, .38 and 9 mm caliber pistols.
“It came from Manila on board MV Asuncion XI,” he said.
The shipment is cosigned to a certain Johnson Te of Barangay Tumpay, Coron.
According to Balilo, the illegal shipment was seized based on an information relayed to Coast Guard Station-Coron by John Julius Antenor, a collection representative from the Philippine Ports Authority.
He said a stevedore of the Prudential Customs Brokerage Services tipped Antenor.
Based on the bill of lading, the boxes were declared as “relief items” for typhoon victims in Palawan, one of the provinces hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda.