Cotabato City - Personnel of Cotabato City Police Office and 22nd Marine Company of Philippine Marines conducted checkpoint operation along Biniruan Detachment, Poblacion 9, Cotabato City and successfully intercepted one (1) Toyota Hi-Ace Grandia, bearing plate number NCA 9204, loaded with assorted boxes/cases of smuggled cigarettes on December 8, 2020.

              Suspects were identified as Adi Musa Piang, 14 years old, male, driver and Esmael Gampong Abubakar, 41 years old, male both residents of Barangay Bulalo, Sultan, Kudarat were arrested for the violation of Republic Act No. 4712 for unlawful importation and smuggling of undocumented and smuggled cigarettes.

          Confiscated during the said operation were 12 boxes of New Berlin Cigarettes and 3 boxes of Royal Rania. After the operation, the confiscated items together with the arrested suspects and vehicle were turned over to Police Station 2, Cotabato City Police Office for proper disposition.

                PBGEN Samuel P Rodriguez, Regional Director, PRO BAR expresses his disdain to criminal acts like this. He assures the public that this unlawful act will be dealt with accordingly for this is a clear manifestation of economic sabotage and incurs multiple ill effects to our economy through reduction of government revenues from uncollected taxes. PRO BAR remains constant in protecting not just the safety of our people but also the pristine course of law in the Bangsamoro region.