The Bureau of Customs, undercovered by the military and navy seized 200 tons of rice being smuggled from the neighboring Malaysia on Friday.

In a statement issued Saturday morning, the bureau said it stopped together with the 53rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army as well as Philippine Navy troops illegally imported rice in Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur, at around 10 p.m. Friday.

At 628 kilometers or 338.87 nautical miles from Zamboanga del Sur, BOC noted that the rice which was smuggled from the Sandakan, Malaysia was in 50 Kg sacks and total 4000 sacks were seized.

According to custom bureau,the rice was being unloaded at the dock from MV Amnesia into four 10-wheeler trucks when they were caught red handed by the authority

While checking,the vessel’s captain, a certain Jade Jackaria was not able to provide the import permit from NFA for the rice nor any import documents filed with the BOC; showing instead just the crew list and coasting manifest,” the agency said.

Charo Logarta-Lagamon, who heads the BOC’s public information and assistance division, said that the bonded rice is now under the hold of the agency.

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