5 arrested in Bataan for dynamite trade

Published March 29, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Betheena Kae Unite

Five individuals were arrested by Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel in several houses in Barangay Lamao in Limay, Bataan believed to be a dynamite-making facility.

The PCG identified the arrested suspects as Analyn Leola San Miguel, 37; Oliver San Miguel, 35; Arthur Paguio, 44; Teresita Macapagal, 66; and Marife Dela Cruz, 24.

According to authorities, the suspects are allegedly involved in manufacturing and storing of explosive components.

Rear Admiral Elson Hermogino, PCG commandant, on Wednesday said that out of the nine houses raided by a team from Philippine National Police and PCG, six houses were used to manufactuire and store dynamite.

Dynamite is usually used for illegal fishing activities.

“In joint operation with the PNP, we have raided nine houses in Bataan and six of them were positive with dynamites that are used in illegal fishing operations,” Hermogino said Wednesday.

Yesterday, the PCG said the team confiscated assembled improvised explosives, amonium nitrate, time fuses, blasting caps.

“This appears to be a family engaging in the manufacturing of dynamite. So, they are relatives residing in Bataan and this was the result of our surveillance during the past week,” Hermogino said in the vernacular.

“We conducted a test-buy operatiobn and eventually coordinated woth the PNP to conduct the raid, he added.

Appropriate charges will be filed against the suspects.