PCG-Bohol enforces security numbering system on boats
Ric V. Obedencio (The Freeman) - December 30, 2017 - 12:00am

TAGBILARAN CITY, Philippines — The Security and Safety Environmental Numbering System (SSENS) is being implemented by the Coast Guard force in Bohol to secure the province from terrorists' incursion.

Captain Edgar Boado of the PCG-Bohol announced this last week, saying that SSENS---involving the marking of all kinds of boats in the province---is being done in coordination with local government units that also launched their respective registration of boats operating within their areas.

There are about 5,000 boats allotted for Central Visayas for markings, said Boado, adding that the SSENS is an offshoot to the botched incursion of Abu Sayyaf Group members into Bohol early this year, which however resulted in the killing of the terrorists who used three motorboats in landing in the province via Inabanga River.

With the boats, owned and operated in Bohol, being marked with security numbers, it would be easier to detect those that come from other places outside Bohol, according to the authorities.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Board's peace and order committee rejected the request of then Vice Governor Dionisio Victor Balite, now under suspension, for Congress to conduct an investigation on ASG's incursion into Bohol.

"Said request is considered moot. This Sanggunian (PB) has already adequately discussed the same in full session. Thus this body has decided to deny the same," stated the committee report, dated last June 7, led by PB Member Ricky Masamayor.

Earlier, Balite asserted on his call for congressional probe on ASG's incursion to Bohol, saying he was confused on how the ASG bandits were able to penetrate the province undetered. He said then that he was disappointed on the failure of the committee to take up and discuss his concerns.

Balite said Bohol is a tourism site, and not just a terrorism destination, with peace-loving people "until that fateful encounters with ASG terrorists in Inabanga and Clarin towns." (FREEMAN)


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