The two locators at the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) are not in any way involved in any oil smuggling activities as alleged in a news report last February.
This was gleaned from the statement issued Monday by the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) which sought the side of Seasia Nectar Port Services, Inc. (SNPSI) and the Seafront Shipyard and Port Terminal Services (Seafront).
Both FAB firms dealing in port services said they strictly abide by the established rules and procedures set by AFAB and are not allowing any illegal or nefarious activity inside the port terminals.
The SNPSI said it follows Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs clearance mechanism in handling discharge and withdrawal of cargoes. It further explained that its port is referred to as Mariveles Multipurpose Terminal (MMT) which handles dry bulk cargoes like cement, fertilizer and coal, and they do not handle any diesel fuel or any other similar cargoes.
The AFAB said it was grateful to SNPSI and Seafront for clarifying issues on alleged smuggling activities.
“Yet, the Authority vigilantly remains on the watch and is closely monitoring the Freeport to make sure that all FAB enterprises operations are working under the rule of law,” said AFAB Administrator Emmanuel Pineda.