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100 sacks of charcoal
seized from fishing boat

Police Station 8 and Bantay Dagat operatives seized a motorized fishing boat or “hulbot-hulbot” loaded with 100 sacks of charcoal at the coastal area of Brgy. Singcang Airport, Bacolod City, early Wednesday morning.

Station 8 commander, Chief Insp. Danilo Francisco, yesterday said that the team of Police Officers 2 Evlis Juarez and Richard Figalan with Rodolfo Bato were conducting a patrol operation at about 12:30 a.m. when they spotted F/B Kristel loaded with sacks of charcoal.

The fishing boat is operated by Fortunato Fernandez of Nueva Valencia town, Guimaras province.

The sacks of charcoal valued at P15,000 were turned over to the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, while the fishing boat was confiscated by the Bantay Dagat, a police report showed.

Fernandez would not tell where the charcoal came from and where he was bringing it, Francisco said.

Fernandez is detained at Police Station 8 while an investigation is ongoing, he added.*APN

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Agency turns
over loose guns

A security agency in Bacolod City turned over two homemade firearms to members of the Firearms Explosives Security and Guards Division Tuesday, FESAG head, Chief Insp. Noel Polines, said yesterday.

Polines said they inspected the Vilmapi Security Agency in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod, where the management surrendered two .38 caliber revolvers to them.

There are more than 20 security agencies in Bacolod City and some of them issue homemade guns to their security guards to lessen expenses, he sad.

Any security agency found with homemade guns will face administrative charges, while security guards using guns with no license will be charged with illegal possession of firearms, Polines warned.

They are also on the lookout for “fly-by-night” security agencies or those, with no permits, he added.*APN

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