6 boxes of liquid marijuana seized at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2019   •   670

MANILA, Philippines – Six boxes filled with bottled liquid marijuana were intercepted by agents of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the agency said.

The BOC-NAIA said the shipment, which was declared as “ULEI CBD full plant extract,” was seized inside an inbound shipment from Romania last Friday, Sept. 20.

The boxes, filled with undetermined quantity of substance and labeled with “Lady Mary Farm Cannabidiol CBD Oil BIO,” was sent by BAYER JASILICA to a certain Jeffrey Ciabal Perez of San Pablo City, Laguna,

But upon inspection and testing by authorities, the BOC said, it turned positive for the presence of a substance called tetrahydrocannabinol found in Marijuana.

A case has already been filed against Perez for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and Republic Act 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

MIAA asks locally stranded individuals not to proceed to NAIA without confirmed flights

Marje Pelayo   •   June 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila International Airport Authority on Thursday (June 4) appealed to locally stranded individuals returning to their respective provinces, not to proceed to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) unless they have confirmed flights.

In an advisory, General Manager Ed Monreal noted the overwhelming number of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who came in groups at NAIA on Tuesday. The group later revealed that their alleged leader told them to proceed to Terminal 2 because a flight was on standby to bring them home to various parts of Visayas and Mindanao. 

The group refused to leave the terminal saying they will just wait for a flight whenever it becomes available.

During their stay, they were provided with meals from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration as well as Malasakit kits from MIAA.

Monreal expressed concern over their situation as their prolonged stay outside the airport building poses risk to their health.

He appealed to all LSIs to make sure they have confirmed booking and valid tickets before proceeding to the airport to avoid going through the same experience.

P17-M worth of fake cigarette shipment seized in Port of Manila – BOC

Robie de Guzman   •   June 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs-Port of Manila (BOC-POM) on Wednesday said it has seized a shipment containing fake Mighty and Marvels cigarettes estimated to be worth P17.38 million.

In a statement, the BOC said the shipment consigned to Mvestisery Industrial Supply arrived from China on May 22, 2020.

It was placed on hold and was issued a pre-lodgement control order last May 27 after the POM received derogatory information from the BOC-Enforcement Group, the bureau added.

Upon physical examination, the assigned Customs Examiner assessed its total duties and taxes amounting to Php 9.96 million.

District Collector Arsenia Ilagan ordered the issuance of Warrants of Seizure and Detention against the entire shipment for violation of Section 1401 “Unlawful Importation or Exportation” in relation to Section 1113 “Property Subject Seizure and Forfeiture” of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

“The Bureau of Customs maintains its steadfast commitment to curb unlawful trade and anti-smuggling in the nation’s border and inside customs territory,” the bureau said.

NAIA reopens for int’l chartered, commercial flights with homebound Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   May 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has opened for inbound international chartered and commercial flights on Monday (May 11).

The resumption of operations, however, is only limited to overseas Filipinos who are returning home to the Philippines, clarified the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

CAAP added that foreign tourists and non-residents remain restricted from entering the country except for diplomats and heads or members of international missions. 

“Itong in-issue ng Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines na Notice to Airmen is only starting today hanggang June 10 but it doesn’t mean na hanggang June 10 ito (The CAAP-issued Notice to Airmen is only starting today until June 10, but it doesn’t mean it’s only up to June 10),” noted CAAP Spokesperson Eric Apolonio.

“Depende ito sa sitwasyon. Kung mag-i-improve naman, baka mag-relax iyong restrictions ng arrivals ng international flights sa airport (It will depend on the situation. If it improves, we may relax restrictions on international flight arrivals in the airport),” he added.

Inbound international chartered flights will only be allowed to land at NAIA on Mondays and Thursdays provided that they secure a clearance from CAAP and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

International commercial flights, meanwhile, are allowed during Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

Such scheduling of flights is needed as NAIA, for now, can only accommodate 400 passengers a day so as to maintain strict physical distancing protocols and to comply with the rules imposed by the National Task Force Against COVID-19 in the conduct of COVID-19 testing and other procedures on all arriving passengers in NAIA.

Commercial flights, however, must get the approval of CAAP within 48 hours prior to its take off from point of origin. 

If the flight is coming from countries with high incidence of COVID-19 infection, the permission to allow them to proceed will depend on the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) as the overall in charge of the national government’s response on the global pandemic. 

CAAP reiterates that social distancing protocols will always be observed in every flight. MNP (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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