THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Northern Mindanao arrested at the Macabalan port in Cagayan de Oro City over the weekend four men who were carrying P30 million in cash and claimed to be employees of a bank.
Authorities declined to name the four pending further investigation, but said the two men identified themselves as security personnel, while the other two claimed to be employees of United Coconut Planters’ Bank (UCPB).
The four were supposed to board a Cebu City-bound Trans Asia vessel scheduled to depart Cagayan de Oro for Cebu at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 25.
The four said they were supposed to deliver the money, which was placed inside four boxes. But PCG Ensign Daryll John De Jesus, acting deputy commander of Coast Guard Station in Cagayan de Oro, said the four men may not have followed the usual process in shipping money.
“Una nila sinabi documents lang yung dala nila pero don sa authorization, pera pala and wala ding certification mula sa Bangko Sentral,” De Jesus said.
“Nalaman natin na pera ang laman ng apat na kahon kasi nagbigay sila ng authorization. Nagpresent sila ng ID pero kino-confirm pa natin kasi Makati yung nakalagay,” De Jesus added.
The four had told authorities that they were only transporting documents but when authorities asked for the papers, they presented an authorization letter that allows them to carry the money.
The letter was signed by the bank’s operations officer who was also among the arrested men. The said letter did not cite the exact amount but the arrested men said it is over P30 million.
Authorities are studying the possible charges that could be filed against the four. “Inaalam pa until now kung anong kaso ang maari nilang harapin kasi involved ito ng money,” he said. Authorities are also doing further confirmation as to the veracity of the documents presented by the four men.