The Bataan provincial police director said on Friday night that the Chinese dredging vessel seized by Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Customs personnel was apprehended off Hagonoy, Bulacan and not in Bataan as earlier reported.
P/Col. Joel Tampis, Bataan police director, said the “MV Zhonhai 68” vessel was actually found by Coast Guard “parting Bulacan daw nakuha pero Orion, Bataan ang inilagay sa report. Kaya nagpakuha ako ng kopya ng report nila galling Manila.”
Tampis also based his report on the report furnished him by Orion police who said “Kasi sa Orion lang daw yung point of origin ng pagbibilang nila ng sukat or nautical miles.”
A source in Coast Guard Limay, Bataan station who refused to be named hinted to reporters that it was actually in the territorial waters of Bulacan where the vessel was found by the “Task Force Aduana” of the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Coast Guards.
Orion town Mayor Antonio Raymundo in his text message to INQUIRER said the vessel was actually found in Bulacan not in Bataan. “Nagkamali lang daw ng report yung Coast Guard,” said Raymundo.
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