PCG warns public vs illegal items on Holy Week

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Monday, April 14, 2014

MANILA -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) urged Monday passengers, who are returning to their provinces for Holy Week, not to carry explosives or deadly weapons and other illegal items.

Other prohibited items include narcotics, liquified petroleum gas (LPG) tanks, liquor and bladed weapons.

The Coast Guard said K-9 units will be deployed in ports to sniff out explosives, drugs, and contraband as an additional safety measure.

PCG spokesperson Cmdr. Armand Balilo advised passengers to be at their respective ports of departure three hours ahead of departure time to avoid missing their voyage and properly submit themselves to security checks.

As of Holy Monday afternoon, PCG monitoring showed that at least 14,215 passengers had already used and departed from seven of the country's 12 major public ports.

Balilo said the number of outgoing passengers is expected to increase by Wednesday as this is the day when most offices, government and private, will officially start their four-day Lenten holiday.

He added that the PCG monitoring is under the Coast Guard's "Oplan Ligtas Biyahe: Kwaresma 2014." (PNA)

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