49 individuals charged over P11-B shabu smuggling case except Lapeña
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2018
The magnetic lifters that allegedly concealed 1,618 kilograms of illegal drugs valued at P11-billion
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has filed charges against 49 individuals involved in the billion-peso shabu shipment concealed inside four magnetic lifters that slipped Customs screening in August.
Former Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, however, was not among the respondents because according to PDEA, there wasn’t any strong evidence to prove Lapeña’s direct involvement in the transactions.
“We haven’t seen any evidence that will link directly former commissioner Lapeña sa mga kaso and that is why he was not included in filing of the case,” Aquino said.
“After this we will provide copies to the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, (and) maybe with the Ombudsman. I think they have more authority to file administrative cases,” he added.
Among the main respondents in the complaint are some officials of PDEA, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to include Former Senior Supt. Eduardo Acierto; Former PDEA Dir. Gen. For Administration Ismael Gonzales Fajardo; Former Customs Intelligence Agent Jimmy Guban; Police Inspector Lito Pirote; and Joseph Dimayuga for alleged conspiracy and negligence in handling of the said shipment.
The PDEA noted that they included Guban in the case despite him being under the state’s witness protection program.
“We actually consider him as principal person of interest or suspect so I don’t think we will recommend his inclusion in the WPP,’ said Director IV Czareanah Aquino of the PDEA Legal Prosecution Service
In a text message, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra assured to get into the root of the matter.
“We’ll evaluate the matter seriously,” he said.
The case stemmed from the inquiry conducted by both Houses of Congress which revealed names of personalities, including some Chinese nationals, corporate entities and high-ranking PDEA officials allegedly involved in the said illegal transaction.
A total of 335 kilograms of shabu were discovered in August 7, 2018 at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).
A day after, a similar shipment estimated at 1,618 kilograms of illegal drugs valued at P11-billion were discovered concealed in four magnetic lifters inside an abandoned warehouse in Barangay F. Reyes, General Mariano Alvarez (GMA), Cavite . The series of operations yielded the biggest illegal drugs haul in the country to date. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019
EcoWaste Coalition slammed the mixed plastic waste shipment found at the Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental from Hong Kong.
During the inspection of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Region 10 led by port collector John Simon on Wednesday (May 22), they found a 40- footer container van. It contained 22 sling bags weighing 25,610 kilograms of mixed plastic waste instead of the declared “assorted electronic accessories.”
“We denounce this latest attempt to bring into the country over 25 tons of mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong amid our nation’s ongoing efforts to send back similar illegal waste shipments from Canada and South Korea,” according to Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition.
Reports say the shipment arrived in the country last January 2, 2019. The cargo was shipped by Hin Yuen Tech. Env. Limited and was consigned to Crowd Win Industrial Limited.
The BOC Region 10 already issued an alert order and a warrant of seizure and detention on February 19 and March 7, 2019 in violation of Section 1400 (misdeclaration) in relation to Section 117 (lack of permit) of Republic Act 10863, or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
EcoWaste also reported that the BOC Region 10 will also initiate an action to re-export of the illegal shipment back to Hong Kong.
Authorities arrested businessman Dong Yi Shen aka Kenneth Dong on Monday (February 4) over his alleged involvement as facilitator of the P6.4 billion shabu shipment from China that slipped past the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in 2017.
Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division (NBI-AOTCD) arrested Dong at 2pm in Lot 87, Block 12, Phase 2, Katarungan Village, Muntinlupa City.
He was arrested by virtue of the alias warrant of arrest issued by Judge Rainelda H. Estacio-Montesa of Regional Trial Court Branch 46 of Manila for violation of section 4 in relation to Section 26 (a) of RA 9165 (Importation of Dangerous Drugs).
Dong was tagged by customs broker and co-accused Mark Taguba as the middleman of Filipino-Chinese businessman Richard Chen, the owner of the warehouse in Valenzuela City where the shabu shipment was seized by NBI AOTCD and BOC in May 2017. — UNTV News and Rescue
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