The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has intercepted 46 units of .45 caliber pistols bound for Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte from South Bus Terminal Cebu City via Samboan Lite Ferry port, Samboan, Cebu on July 14.
Joint units from Coast Guard K9- Central Visayas (CGK9-CV) and Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Bato discovered the pistols while conducting Maritime Security and Maritime Safety Administration inspection on 2 rolling cargoes.
The PCG said illegal firearms and ammunition were confiscated from 3 suspects namely Velino C. Cubol, 36 years old; Flora Mae R. Cubol, 35 years old; and Maria Bella A. Manot, 55 years old all residents of Barangay Suba, Danao City, Cebu.
Seized firearms, ammunition, and the suspects were properly turned over to Philippine National Police (PNP) Samboan for appropriate legal action.
PCG said it has intensified operations against possible illegal movement of firearms from Vizayas to Mindanao based on the directive of PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino to cut the supply of firearms to lawless elements and terrorists groups operating in Southern Philippines.