Manhunt on for ex-captain of ship with smuggled guns

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) here said it has alerted ports throughout the country for a British national who mysteriously abandoned a Panamanian ship that was caught last Friday with 14 crates containing high-powered firearms off the coast of Mariveles in Bataan.

BI-Clark director Heranio Manalo said Briton Bruce Jones has been placed in the hold departure list following the seizure of the firearms and the arrest, upon the orders of Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan, of a South African, John Lawrence Burne, and his crew of 13 Georgian nationals aboard the Panamanian ship M/V Captain Ufuk.

Manalo said the crewmen of M/V Captain Ufuk, which entered the Philippines on Aug. 19, had no “seaman’s visas.”

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