PCG: Personnel of BRP Cape San Agustin (Multi-Role Response Vessel 4408) together with Special Operation Unit-South Western Mindanao (SOU-SWM) successfully successfully apprehended Motor Launch “R/J Express” loaded with more or less 4000 sacks of rice with estimated market value of Php 8 Million at the vicinity waters off Maluso, Basilan last Sunday, November 11. 

The team sighted M/L “R/J Express” while conducting maritime security patrol at the abovementioned vicinity. Upon asking for permission to board, the team immediately proceeded to the said vessel and found out 4,000 sacks of smuggled rice without any pertinent documents.

The apprehended vessel onboard with its master Basil Abdurakil Salihuddin and seven crew were escorted to Coast Guard District South Western Mindanao for further investigation and subsequently turned-over to Bureau of Customs for proper disposition