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PH Coast Guard seized Indonesian nationals for smuggling fighting cocks

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SARANGANI – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) seized three Indonesian nationals onboard an unauthorized motorbanca loaded with fighting cocks in the waters off Sarangani Bay on March 9.

During a maritime patrol around 11:30 p.m., the PCG team spotted a suspicious unlighted motorbanca traveling towards the Indonesian border. The PCG team discovered that the motorbanca was carrying 190 fighting cocks, poultry feeds, animal medicines, and vitamins after conducting verification.

FILE PHOTO: PCG

The Indonesian nationals were identified as 36-year-old Bura Wangka (motorbanca operator), 38-year-old Zaidunin Makahiking, and 28-year-old Maman Bawimbang by PCG District Southern Mindanao Commander.

During the initial investigation, they revealed that they were hired to pick up a shipment of fighting cocks in Barangay Bawing, General Santos City, and transport them to Tahuna, Indonesia.

The Indonesian nationals also revealed that they arrived in General Santos City on March 6, 2022. Similarly, no competent evidence of identity was presented to the PCG team during interrogation.

FILE PHOTO: PCG

Further inspection revealed that the motorbanca lacked Coast Guard Safety, Security, and Environmental Numbering (SSEN), a violation of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Memorandum Circular Number 2017-001 dated March 31, 2017. They also failed to present a transport permit and other required permits from General Santos City’s Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).

According to CG Captain Marfe, the three Indonesian nationals have been in the legal custody of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) since March 10, 2022, but have been in the physical custody of the PCG Station Eastern Saranggani. Meanwhile, the confiscated fighting cocks and other cargoes were turned over to the BAI for proper disposal.

Source: Philippine Coast Guard

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