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BOC Transformers takes on MMDA Black Wolves on Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2016

FILE PHOTO: Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon at the bench together with the whole BOC Transformers basketball team, players and staff enjoying a play in one of their games at UNTV Cup Season 5 Round 1 elimination. (Madz Milana / Photoville International)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs Transformers aim to maintain their no-games-lost record at the UNTV Cup this season; a tour de force by the team after toppling every opponent in the first round elimination.

For this, the Transformers, headed by Coach Kenneth Duremdes are preparing rigidly for their upcoming match against the ferocious MMDA Black Wolves, who are known for their run-and-gun play on the UNTV Cup hard court.

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“We will prepare hard kasi sayang itong record namin… hardwork  and kailangan namin ituloy. Itong laban ng Bureau of Customs para sa transformations,” Coach Kenneth Duremedes said.

(We will prepare hard because we don’t want to waste our record. Hard work and we need to continue this fight of the Bureau of Customs for the transformations.)

Although the BOC have proved to be the team to beat this season, they admit that the road to finals is no cakewalk.

Assistant Coach Bong dela Cruz added, “Every team dito sa UNTV Cup very tough, lahat sila naka-prepare, lahat sila magagaling so kailangan ready kami every game. Yung conditioning namin, yung stamina namin and yung strength namin kailangan mag-double effort kami.”

Every team here at UNTV Cup is very tough. They are all prepared. They are all good. So we need to be ready in every game. The team’s conditioning, the stamina, and strength, we need to make double effort because we are going into the second round.”

On the other hand, the MMDA Black Wolves, who now possess a 4-3 win-loss record, are gearing up before taking on the Transformers.

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MMDA Head Coach Mandeville Martires expressed, “Number one sa kabilang bracket yan, hopefully kumonekta yung defense namin, yun ang hinahabol ko sa game na yun.”

(They are number 1 in the other bracket. Hopefully, our defense connects. That’s what we are after in that game.)

Meanwhile, Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon calls on other government agencies to take part in the league of public servants.

“Second round na tayo, pasalamat kami nakapasok kami dun. Hindi kami natalo sa first round… I also encourage the other government agencies to participate para mas masaya, 13 pa lang tayo gawin nating 20 yan mas maganda.”

“Of course, sa mga supporters ng UNTV Cup, please continue to support it this is a very nice public service.”

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(We are thankful that we are able to enter the second round. We did not experience loss in the first round. I also encourage the other government agencies to participate to be merrier. We have only 13 teams. Let’s make it 20. That’s better.)

(Of course, to UNTV Cup supporters, please continue to support it. This is a very nice public service.)

Watch out for the faceoff between the BOC Transformers and the MMDA Black Wolves on Sunday, December 18, 3:30 PM, at the University of Makati Gymnasium.

Half time entertainment on Sunday’s triple-header will be provided by Kath Loria,  Sam Mangubat of Tawag Ng Tanghalan and Tim Pavino.

Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue


2 p.m. PNP Responders vs BFP Firefighters

3:30 p.m. BOC Transformers vs MMDA Black Wolves

5 p.m. Judiciary Magis vs Malacañang Kamao

VENUE: University of Makati Gym

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Former trade official suggests returning smuggled goods to country of origin

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Former Trade Undersecretary Victorio Mario Dimagiba

MANILA, Philippines – Former Trade Undersecretary Vic Dimagiba suggested returning all smuggled goods to its country of origin.

His proposal to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) was prompted by the successive interception of smuggled goods, particularly rice and onions, valued at hundreds of millions of pesos.

Dimagiba said returning the goods would minimize corruption in the agency.

“For as long as it stays there, iyong mga ‘operator,’ papasok na iyan dyan (sasabihin), ‘Boss, gawan natin ng paraan mailalabas natin yan’,” he said.

(For as long as it stays there, so-called “operators” will take the opportunity to solicit bribes in exchange for the shipment’s release saying, “Boss, let’s find a way to release these.”)

But according to BOC, the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippine and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act has no provision for returning smuggled shipment. The government also has no means to shoulder the shipping cost. BOC also believes that government has ways to apprehend the smugglers once the shipment reaches the country.

“Kapag nakita natin na may ibang laman mas maganda po yun kasi ipo- prosecute natin sila,” Carmelita Valeroso, the OIC of CIIC-MICP-BOC

(If we discover that contents have been misdeclared, that’s actually  better because we can prosecute them.)

Dimagiba suggests that BOC should be more strict and apply the pre-shipping inspection system right there in the country of origin before shipping to the Philippines, like what the agency is doing now with cement products.

“Pagdating mo dito meron ka nang certificate. Kukuha ka nalang ng sample sa mga hardware to verify kung tama o hindi,” Dimagiba said.

(When you arrive here, you already have a certificate. All you have to do is get a sample from the hardware to verify if its correct or not.) — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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DA, BOC on ‘high alert’ against smuggling of agricultural products

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has collaborated with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in intensifying campaign against smuggling of agricultural products following the interception of imported onions in the Port of Manila last week.

On his Facebook account, Secretary Piñol said he asked Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña “to place under “Alert Status” all incoming shipments declared as agricultural products.”

Piñol said, this means, “all containers arriving at the Port of Manila and in other ports all over the country from foreign sources will now be subjected to mandatory inspection.”

Secretary Piñol and Commissioner Lapeña on Monday, April 23, inspected 17 container vans with contents declared as “apples” which later discovered as “apple-sized” onions. The shipment arrived at the port last week from China.

Piñol explained that imported onions are subject for 35% tariff duties while apples are exempted. This perhaps prompted the consignee to misdeclare the shipment in order to escape tariff obligations.

Foiled Bribery Revealed

In a press conference Tuesday, April 24, it was revealed that an anonymous caller attempted to bribe the intercepting team led by Customs Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan. The offer was initially P200,000 for each container van. When Cayanan refused and said their efforts were non-negotiable, the caller increased the offer to P2 million for each container van.

He said the caller initially refused to have the containers inspected.

“Sabi kasi huwag nang pabuksan. Sabi ko, ‘Hindi pwede, i-strip lahat iyan’,” Cayanan said.

(The caller said not to open it. I replied, “No, strip all of them.”)

He added that the caller later agreed to have the last container opened under the condition that neither Cayanan nor Piñol will be present.

Not Fit for Consumption

Secretary Piñol said the seized onions will be destroyed primarily because of sanitary issues.

He explained they are not sure of the quality of the onions which could pose health risks to consumers.

In a statement, Secretary Piñol said his decision to alert authorities against agricultural smuggling also aims to address illegal activities of bringing in agricultural products in the country “which not only defrauds government of revenues but also adversely affects our farmers and fishermen.”

Piñol added that “unchecked entry of these products also pose a serious risk on Philippine agriculture because pests and diseases could be brought in since these are not covered by Sanitary and Pytho-Sanitary (SPS) inspections.”

Meanwhile, BOC is preparing the appropriate charges to file against the consignee of the smuggled onions. —Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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EXCLUSIVE: BOC seizes 17 container vans of smuggled onions

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Seized smuggled onions


The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized over 500 tons of smuggled onions from China inside 17 container vans at the Manila International Container Port Monday, April 23.

According to BOC, the consignee misdeclared the onions as apples. The smuggled onions were placed inside boxes of apples to hide the contents.

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña assured to charge the consignee with multiple violations of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

Lapeña added that the consignee may also be charged of economic sabotage as the smuggled cargo is estimated at P20 million.

“Since marami itong kanilang importations, itong mga container van na ipinarating nila, this can even go to a case of economic sabotage,” Lapeña explained.

(Since these importations are quite many, this can even go to a case of economic sabotage.)

The seizure was prompted by a report that reached the Department of Agriculture which in turn alerted Customs officials.

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol was among those who personally inspected the shipments Monday. Piñol expressed concern that the smuggled onions might pose health risks when sold to consumers.

“Hindi dapat lumusot ito sapagkat delikado ito sa ating agrikultura. Maaaring may dalang sakit ito. May lupa pa eh. So hindi ito dumaan ng ating sanitary at phytosanitary clearances,” he said.

(These should not get through because it can be dangerous to our agriculture. They could be carrying diseases. There’s still soil attached, so it means these did not go through our phytosanitary clearances.)

Secretary Piñol added that should the smuggled onions reach the markets, they could cause unfavorable competition with local farmers.

“Dalawang bagay – tatamaan yung ating mga farmers, babagsak ang presyo ng sibuyas. Pangalawa, magkakaroon ng implikasyon sa ating agriculture sapagkat maaring may dalang sakit ito o mga peste,” Piñol concluded.

(Two things could happen: our farmers will be affected as price of onion drops. Secondly, there will be repercussions on our agriculture because of possible diseases or pests brought by the smuggled produce.) —Roderic Mendoza |UNTV News & Rescue

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