Guerrero belies replacement rumor in Customs

Maris Federez   •   January 10, 2020   •   1072

Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero

MANILA, Philippines — Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero on Friday (Dec. 10) stated that he has not received any order from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for him to step down from his post.

This is after a news article was released in one broadsheet claiming that he is soon to be replaced as Customs chief.

“I would not want to comment further doon sa news article. Hintayin na lang natin kung ano ang guidance ng palasyo. And nag- usap na rin kami ni Secretary of Finance so I am just waiting for iyong guidance,” Guerrero said.

Guerrero said that he will stay in his position as long as he is being permitted to by the President.

“Reasons don’t matter. Sabi ko we serve at the pleasure of the President. I’m a presidential appointee. Anytime pwede akong tanggalin ng appointing authority,” he added.

Guerrero further said that he even met the President at the AFP-PNP command conference last Tuesday and the chief executive has not mentioned anything regarding his said replacement.

The Customs chief also said that he is not familiar with the name William Lima, the person that the newspaper mentioned to be replacing him.

Guerrero maintained that he will just wait for any instruction from the President.

In the meantime, he said, he will be pushing for the full automation of the Customs Bureau to totally eradicate corruption in the agency. — (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

BOC seizes P25-M worth of smuggled medicines

Marje Pelayo   •   August 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported the confiscation of suspected smuggled medicines hidden inside a storage facility in Pasay City.

The composite team which included operatives from the BOC Port of Manila (POM) Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and members of the Port’s Formal Entry Division (FED) discovered inside the facility various German medicines most of which were suspected to be smuggled.

Among those seized were medicines such as Cactus Compositum for coronary circulatory disorder and Testis Compositum which is used for sexual enhancement.

Other drugs confiscated were those suspected to be used to treat liver diseases as well as those used to manage cholesterol levels.

The said shipments estimated at P25 million pesos worth were suspected not to have the necessary import permits.

The operation was launched on July 27, 2021.

A warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) was issued against the goods for the possible violation of Section 1400 of RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

The Port of Manila strongly warns against the use of unauthorized medicines (those without permits). It also reminds the public that any medication must be taken under the supervision of an attending physician.

P50M worth of misdeclared cigarettes destroyed in Cagayan de Oro

Marje Pelayo   •   July 30, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs Port of Cagayan de Oro (BOC-CDO) reported the destruction of thousands of misdeclared cigarettes inside the facility of Terra Cycliq Corporation in Brgy. Mantibugao, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

The said misdeclared cigarettes estimated to worth P50-million were destroyed on Wednesday (July 28).

According to the BOC, the shipment contained 1,700 master cases or 85,000 reams with brands ‘Two Moon’, ‘Mighty’, ‘Marvel’ and ‘Royal.’

It is consigned to Denian Dry Goods Trading which arrived in Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) in Tagoloan from China on September 18, 2020, declared to be office furniture.

Upon examination by Customs Examiner, together with operatives of Customs Intelligence Investigative Service (CIIS) CDO Field Station and Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) CDO District, the shipment in two containers revealed to contain illegal cigarettes.

The misdeclared goods were destroyed using a road roller and backhoe.

The consignee will be facing charges for violating Section 1400 “Misdeclaration of Goods Description” of Republic Act No. 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

P2.3B worth of ukay-ukay seized in Valenzuela

Marje Pelayo   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) recently seized billions worth of various counterfeit and used clothing from a warehouse located in Mayzan, Valenzuela City.

The warehouse was inspected by a team from BOC’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and in coordination with the Port’s Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Presidential Anti-corruption Commission (PACC) where they discovered counterfeit items with brands such as Nike, Louis Vuitton and Dior.

Also found inside the warehouse were various bales of used clothing, face masks and other imported items with an estimated market value of P2.3 billion.

A warrant of seizure and detention was issued by Manila International Container Port (MICP) District Collector Romeo Allan Rosales to the owner and consignee of the smuggled item for violation of Section 224 in relation to Section 219 of Republic Act (RA) No. 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

In his statement Collector Rosales assured that the Bureau is committed to cracking down on prohibited goods.

He also stressed that the trade of used clothing may have negative effects on the user’s health and the local clothing industry.

The operation was in line with the BOC’s intensified anti-smuggling campaign in ports across the country.

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