Tuesday Mar, 28 2023 12:29:07 AM

4,000 liters of diesel from Malaysia seized in Tawi-Tawi

TIMRA Reports • 15:45 PM Tue Jan 31, 2023
John M. Unson
The vessel that was to bring smuggled diesel to Navotas City. (From PRO-BAR)

COTABATO CITY - Authorities foiled last weekend an attempt to smuggle 4,000 liters of diesel from Malaysia to Navotas City in the far north via Tawi-Tawi province.

Brig. Gen. John Guyguyon, director of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, said Tuesday the boat carrying the fuel, the M/V Marnia Penang, was immediately impounded by combined personnel of the Taganak Municipal Police Station, the Maritime Police and the 112th Marine Company of the 12th Marine Battalion.

Boat crewmen were about to transfer the 4,000 liters of diesel from a large container in the M/V Marnia Penang to a tanker-type watercraft, the Jaslyn Stacy, while both anchored near Lihiman Island in Taganak, Tawi-Tawi, when policemen and Marine personnel arrived to check, acting on tips from local residents.

All 29 crew members of both vessels were held for interrogation.

Rodrigo Sarol, Jaslyn Stacy’s captain, had told police investigators another vessel from nearby Malaysia was to arrive yet to supply them with 2,000 more liters of diesel bound for Navotas City, but returned when its captain was informed, via two-way radio, by the crew of M/V Marnia Penang about the anti-smuggling operation by local authorities.

Guyguyon said the two impounded vessels had been turned over to a unit of the Philippine Coast Guard in Tawi-Tawi, the southernmost province of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. 


Make time for charity work this Holy Week, faithful urged

MANILA – The social action and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged the faithful to take time to...

Marcos admin committed to fulfilling Bangsamoro peace deal

MANILA – The administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is committed to fulfilling all agreements under the Bangsamoro peace process...

Isuzu Crosswind vs. Forward truck sa Isulan, dalawa malubhang nasugatan

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat - Sugatan ang dalawa katao sa nangyaring banggaan ng Crosswind at Forward truck sa national highway ng Brgy. Bambad, Isulan,...

AFP: 5 Dawlah Islamiyah killed, bombing plot foiled in North Cotabato, Maguindanao Sur

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao Norte  – Military authorities here have claimed that it foiled bombing plots by Dawlah Islamiyah-Hassan Group members...

Bishop urges South Cotabato gov’t to defend open-pit mining ban

KORONADAL CITY - A Catholic bishop has challenged South Cotabato’s chief executive to defend the province’s ban on open-pit mining after an appeals...