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Smuggled gasoline from Sandakan seized in the Philippines

Published on: Saturday 06 August 2022

From: Nikko Fabian

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Verceles said the smuggled gasoline came from Sandakan in Sabah, adding that the suspects would be charged with violations of Republic Act 10863.

Tawi Tawi: Some 1,249.18 liters of gasoline worth Php 64,200 was seized by a police marine patrol off Sitangkai township here on August 2. The contraband gasoline loaded onto a fishing boat is said to have come from neighboring Sabah. “Our police officers in the area intercepted and seized contraband gasoline off Sitangkai,” said P/Col. said Richard Verceles.

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He said the police were on a maritime patrol when they chanced upon a fishing boat named F/B Dhal-Qhalip. “Upon inspection, the fishing boat manned by a two-man crew was found laden with gasoline placed in gallons and plastic drums,” he added. Verceles identified the arrested crew as Sakib Ahmad Sakaluran, 48, the skipper, and his assistant, Masri Ilahan Mustafa, 20. Both reside in Dungon Village, Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi.

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Verceles said the smuggled gasoline came from Sandakan in Sabah, adding that the suspects would be charged with violations of Republic Act 10863. It was recently reported that Sabah’s subsidized fuel is a hot commodity sold at the edge of the road to Mindanao. How the item, among other things, ended up being smuggled remains a mystery despite the strict monitoring of Sabah’s waters by law enforcement.
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