January 28, 2021 – While conduct maritime security patrol aboard BRP Panglao (FPB-2402), personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Task Force Aduana and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) spotted an illegal and unauthorized Chinese dredger type vessel at vicinity seven nautical miles southwest off Orion Point, Bataan at around 11:00 a.m. yesterday, 27 January 2021.
Upon boarding, the joint operatives discovered the automatic identification system (AIS) transponder of said vessel was turned off and its two Cambodian crewmembers aboard failed to present proper documents.
The BOC verified that said vessel was granted departure clearance by the Customs office in Aparri, Cagayan more than a year ago. Hence, its presence at said vicinity is illegal and unauthorized. The BOC is set to issue corresponding warrant of seizure and detention against subject vessel.
On 10 September 2020, the PCG and BOC joined hands in enhancing cooperation on border control, anti-smuggling, and other customs fraud through the signing of a memorandum of agreement for the joint manning and operation of 20 newly-procured fast patrol boats of the BOC.
PCG Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr and BOC Commissioner, Rey Leonardo B Guerrero agreed to work together for the performance of its shared mandate on border protection to uphold security, peace, and order within the maritime jurisdiction of the Philippines.