Port cops seize deadly weapons

Engr. Isidro Butaslac, Jr. (right), port manager of Philippine Ports Authority, Surigao City, points to a “Rambo-type hunting knife” during the turn-over of dozens of confiscated assorted deadly weapons on December 26, 2013. Looking on are PP/Superintendent Froilan Caturla, station commander of the Port of Surigao City and PP/Inspector Elvis Aurelio Daguman (center), detachment commander of the Port of Dapa, Siargao Island.(Eugenio Lira, Jr./PPA)

By Eugenio Lira, Jr.

SURIGAO CITY— Dozens of deadly weapons confiscated from passengers in the island port of Dapa, Surigao del Norte, were turned over on Thursday, December 26, to officials of the Philippine Ports Authority.

Port Police Inspector Elvis Aurelio Daguman, detachment commander of the Port of Dapa, turned in about 86 pieces of assorted bladed weapons and 3 pieces of brass knuckles to PP/Superintendent Froilan Caturla, commander of the Port of Surigao City, as part of the former’s year-end accomplishment report covering the second half of 2013.

“This big haul of lethal weapons is a result of our intensified campaign called “Operation Bakal” during the third and fourth quarters of this year. We were able to detect these through our baggage x-ray machine and manual security checks conducted by our port police personnel and PPA security guards on outbound passengers in the Port of Dapa,” Daguman disclosed.

PP/Superintendent Froilan Caturla said their implementation of  “Operation Bakal” in all ports under the PPA Port Management Office of Surigao, which covers the provinces of Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur, had greatly helped in ensuring the safety of sea-going travelers and the public who use governments ports during their travels.

Port Manager Isidro Butaslac, Jr. has commended PP/Inspector Elvis Aurelio Daguman saying “his extraordinary vigilance against criminally-minded passengers who were bringing deadly weapons had contributed a lot in building Dapa Port as the safest gateway to the island of Siargao which is globally known as one of the major tourists’ destinations in Asia-Pacific region.” (Surigao Today)

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