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Court resets arraignment of Customs broker Mark Taguba

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines —Friday’s arraignment of Customs broker Mark Taguba over his drug smuggling case was canceled.

His lawyer asked the court for a postponement due to a pending petition before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 46 Presiding Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa reset the arraignment to February 23.

Taguba’s lawyer insisted that his client is innocent in the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

“All the way until it was delivered, Mark did not know what the content of that container was. So it’s a pity the DOJ indicted him in this case though his role is very minimal,” said Atty. Raymond fortune, legal counsel of Taguba.

The Department of Justice is directed to comment on Taguba’s appeal for continued detention at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

His lawyer explained that it could not be denied there are people who would want to harm Taguba once he is transferred to the Manila City jail due to his testimony before the Senate hearings.

He noted that some of the persons whom Taguba implicated in drug smuggling and anomalies in the customs bureau have already lost their positions.

“It’s not a secret at all, it’s actually pretty well known it’s to easy to get a person, pay him, from inside the jail to harm a fellow detainee,” said Fortun.

Taguba remains under NBI custody but the chief of the NBI detention cell has been directed by the court to explain the failure to deliver him to the city jail as ordered since last Friday.

Judge Montesa said that this sends a wrong message to the public because it would appear that court orders can be defied and high-profile accused is given special treatments.

Meanwhile, the court has also directed the transfer of alleged shabu shipment consignee Eirene Mae Tatad to the Manila City jail.

Tatad is also under NBI custody after she was arrested while on a vacation in Iloilo. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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BOC seizes P16M-worth of smuggled onions

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2018

Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña showing the smuggled onions that were misdeclared as apples

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs recently hauled eight containers of smuggled onions at the Manila International Container Port which were declared as apples to escape taxes and duties.

The shipment was consigned to ASD Total Package Enterprises Inc. which arrived on August 14, 2018, according to records.

“Itinatago nila sa kanilang mga warehouses o ibang mga unregistered warehouses at hino-hoard ito.  That causes shortage of supply, and when there is shortage of supply the price goes up,” said BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña.

Also, the BOC seized P3M-worth of smuggled cigarettes allegedly from China which do not bear graphic warnings. There was also no legal documents accompanying the shipment.

Lapeña said the smuggled items will be condemned.

“All items that are seized and forfeited if they are prohibited by law and by regulation, [will be condemned]. In the case of onion, [it] is prohibited by the Department of Agriculture. These will be destroyed,” he said.

The owner of the shipment will be charged in court along with the customs broker for violating the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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BOC destroys P3B-worth of fake beauty products

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

LAGUNA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) destroyed on Wednesday (September 19) around 3,000 boxes of fake beauty products valued at P3 billion pesos.

According to BOC Administrative Aide 1 Jeremias Leano, the items were seized from three warehouses owned by a Chinese national in Tondo, Manila. The operation was held in November last year.

Leano said the owner of the products did not show up despite repeated summons from the agency. He is facing charges for violation of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.

“If these are released in the market, it will affect the real brand owner of this kind of products so maaapektuhan ang kanilang market. At the same time, it will be harmful tothe people in the Philippines kung magagamit ito without prior license and import permit from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA),” Leano said.

The BOC calls on the public not to patronize fake product brands such as beauty products that are being sold at a cheaper price as they can be harmful to health and also affects the reputation of the brand owner.

“Iyong reputation ng original owners affected kasi people think ang quality ng mga goods na subpar ay galing sa kanila na hindi naman. So iyong reputation nila is what at stake,” said Atty Timothy David, a senior associate of a private company. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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OGCC submits probe results on Nayong Pilipino deal to Malacañang

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Nayong Pilipino Clark Expo via Nayong Pilipino Official Facebook page

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has confirmed that probe results on the questionable contracts entered into by the Nayong Pilipino Foundation have been forwarded to Malacañang.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) has submitted the report after concluding its investigation on the alleged anomaly that led to the firing of Nayong Pilipino officials.

An estimated amount of US$1.5-B worth of contract was allegedly signed between Nayong Pilipino and Landing Resorts and Development Corporation to build a mega-casino in Parañaque City.

Guevarra is leaving the decision to Malacañang on whether to disclose the probe results. — Mai Bermudez

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