BOC holds off auction plans for smuggled rice in Zamboanga Sibugay

admin   •   April 18, 2018   •   4127

The cargo ship MV Diamond 8 with the smuggled rice in Zamboanga Sibugay

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) will not allow the resell of smuggled rice from Zamboanga, Sibugay unless the shipment goes through proper investigation.

According to Atty. Lyceo Martinez, BOC’s collection officer in Zamboanga, the agency is giving the owner of the shipment as well as the owner of the cargo vessel, MV Diamond 8, ample time to prepare for the investigation.

BOC said the process will take time because the ship involved is an international vessel. If the owners are proven to have violated the Philippine law, a warrant of seizure and detention will be issued against them and the shipment.

“After considering all the facts of the case from the Navy at saka sa mga may-ari ng barko (and the vessel owners)…after the proper seizure and forfeiture proceedings, doon pa lang natin sila pwedeng i-auction (only then can we hold the auction),” Martinez explained.

On Tuesday, representatives from the Philippine Navy, BOC, the Bureau of Immigration and the Bureau of Quarantine met to discuss the joint inventory on the smuggled rice.

“We want to turn this over to the proper agencies and then iyong sa crew naman, doon sa (as for the crew, turn them over to the) Bureau of Immigration. As far as the goods are concerned naman itu-turn over namin ito sa (we will turn them over to the) Bureau of Customs,” Col. Joe Anthony Orbe, the acting commander of the Naval Task Force said.

The shipment includes 27,180 sacks of rice valued at P67 million.

The BOC wants to make sure through the inventory if there are other illegal items aside from the smuggled rice on board MV Diamond 8. — Dante Amento | UNTV News & Rescue

P80-M worth of seized fake goods destroyed at Camp Crame

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2019

📷 Bureau of Customs

Authorities destroyed P80.2 million worth of confiscated fake goods at Camp Crame, Quezon City on Friday (October 18).

The seized counterfeit products were destroyed in a ceremonial destruction led by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR).

Out of the P80.2 million, around P58 million worth of counterfeit high-value watches, lotions, and branded bags were confiscated by the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

“To date, a total of fourteen (14) IP-related operations have been conducted by the BOC for 2019, resulting in the seizure of P7 billion worth of counterfeit goods,”said the BOC on its Facebook post. —AAC

BOC arrests Indonesian after bag yields P54M worth of shabu

Robie de Guzman   •   October 8, 2019

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.

PH Customs installs more X-ray machines vs smuggling

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday said it will use additional X-ray machines to help in the government’s ongoing fight against smuggling of illegal goods and narcotics through the country’s ports.

The BOC-X-ray Inspection Project (XIP) said six US-made X-ray machines have been procured that are capable of scanning at least 120 containers per hour and analyze whether the materials inside are synthetic or organic.

Of the six units, two were installed at the Port of Manila, two at the Manila International Container Port (MCIP) and one each at the ports of Davao and Cebu.

The BOC said the installation of these new machines is in line with the agency’s commitment to protect the country’s border against the entry of smuggled goods, and strengthen border security measure by increasing non-intrusive inspection capabilities of containerized shipments.

It is also expected to enhance BOC’s ability in detecting misdeclared and undervalued goods, minimize unnecessary delays and enhance trade facilitation.

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