BOC arrests Indonesian after bag yields P54M worth of shabu

Robie de Guzman   •   October 8, 2019   •   436

MANILA, Philippines – A female Indonesian was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday after her bag was found with P54 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

The BOC said the Indonesian national, identified as Agnes Alexandra, was apprehended when she arrived from Siem Reap, Cambodia early Monday morning as an X-ray scanning of her luggage showed suspected dangerous drugs.

Upon closer inspection, Customs personnel found eight kilograms of crystalline substances wrapped in aluminum foil and concealed under the lining of the baggage.

The substance turned positive for shabu when subjected to a test.

Alexandra and the confiscated drugs have been turned over to the custody of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The foreigner will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

On September 28, the BOC said it also seized a similar shipment from another passenger from Cambodia.

This prompted the bureau to place all flights from the so-called “Golden Triangle” (Laos, Thailand and Myanmar) and neighboring countries under red alert for suspicion that a syndicate with the same name may be behind the illegal shipment.

P12.92-B worth of smuggled goods seized from January to October – BOC

Robie de Guzman   •   November 21, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday reported it has confiscated around P12.92 billion worth of smuggled goods from January to October this year.

In a statement, the BOC said most of these items were illegal drugs, counterfeit goods, and cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero said the BOC was able to intercept the entry of shabu shipments worth P2.96 billion in three separate incidents, while other illegal substances worth P151.74 million were also seized during the January to October period.

In a report submitted to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Guerrero said that as of October 24, the bulk of the goods seized were mostly fake products worth P7.81 billion, which were intercepted in 14 separate incidents in various ports.

Guerrero also reported during a recent Department of Finance (DOF) Executive Committee (Execom) meeting that the BOC also confiscated cigarettes and other tobacco products valued at P1.69 billion, along with P107.59 million worth of agricultural products.

The other seized goods were vehicles and accessories worth P67.25 million; used clothing valued at P54.66 million; steel products, P12.61 million; general merchandise valued at P9.39 million; and other products, P58.20 million.

Guerrero said that as of October this year, the BOC has also filed 20 cases against illegal operations that impede the bureau’s revenue collections and revoked the accreditation of 16o importers and 20 brokers in line with its anti-corruption campaign.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Internal Revenue reported during the DOF meeting its efforts to improve tax administration with the temporary closure of 567 establishments from January to September this year under its Oplan Kandado program.

BIR deputy commissioner Arnel Guballa said this represents a 346.45 percent increase over the 127 closures the bureau had implemented in the previous year.

“As a result, the BIR was able to collect P798.7 million in taxes from the delinquent establishments over the January-October 2019 period,” Guballa said.

“The amount is P444.9 million or 125.75 percent higher than the previous year’s collections of P353.8 million under the Oplan Kandado program,” he added.

BOC destroys 20 tons of unsafe, forfeited goods

Robie de Guzman   •   November 21, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Around 20 tons of forfeited goods were destroyed in Trece Martires, Cavite, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Thursday.

In a statement, the BOC said the shipment of goods include unserviceable computer parts, expired vitamins as well as expired medicines and food products which were declared unfit for human consumption for lack of necessary food and drug clearances.

These items were condemned and destroyed using the Thermal Decomposer (Pyrolysis) Facility of the Integrated Waste Management in coordination with the Food and Drugs Administration, the Optical Media Board, the National Telecommunication Commission, and the Commission on Audit.

The BOC explained the condemnation proceedings is in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

It is also in line with the directive of Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero to clear storage facilities of abandoned and illegally shipped items to better facilitate trade within the port.

Beware of ‘love scams’ this holiday season — BOC

Marje Pelayo   •   November 21, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Ber months mark the beginning of gift giving traditions which technology has made faster and easier nowadays.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC), however, once again warns the public against online scammers targeting online users’ hard-earned money.

Calling it ‘love scam,’ the BOC calls on the public not to be swayed by the email address – boccarephilgvt@tech-center.com – that operates on such schemes.

The BOC said it is a fake or bogus e-mail that victimizes online users by asking them to pay through personal bank account or money remittance in order to claim a package.

The agency urges the public to call the BOC Hotline numbers (02) 8705-6000, 09052997977, 09295035138 if they encounter such bogus e-mails or to confirm if the package being offered is from legitimate sources.

Inquiries may also be sent to the agency’s official e-mail address boc.cares@customs.gov.ph.

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