Junkung, also spelled jungkung or jungkong, is a small wooden sail to motorized boat used by Tausug, Sama-Bajau, and Yakan people of the Philippines. It is a fast cargo ship and is commonly used as a smuggling vessel in the maritime borders of the Philippines, Sabah, Malaysia and Eastern Indonesia. They are also sometimes used by pirates and Abu Sayyaf terrorists in and around the Sulu Sea.[1][2][3][4]

The junkung is smaller than the tempel and can accommodate around 25 to 30 people.[5][6] Unlike the similarly named junkun and jukung, it does not have outriggers. It is also a much larger ship than the jongkong, which is a dugout canoe.

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  1. ^ "Sea bandits kill 8 fishing boat crewmen off Zamboanga City". Update Philippines. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  2. ^ de Guzman, Robert (2 October 2019). "P2.4M worth of smuggled cigarettes seized in Zamboanga". UNTV News & Rescue. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  3. ^ Alipala, Julie (26 June 2019). "Navy intercepts smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  4. ^ Garcia, Bong (27 September 2013). "MNLF-occupied island falls to gov't troops". SunStar Philippines. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  5. ^ Banagudos, Rey-Luis (26 December 2018). "Wooden boatmaking embraces Mindanao life, culture". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  6. ^ Amata, Noel R. "THE GREAT SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, Zamboanga City". My Travel Photos and Stories. Retrieved 13 January 2020.