Liquid marijuana worth P700k seized from warehouses at NAIA – BOC
Robie de Guzman • January 22, 2020 • 341
MANILA, Philippines – Some 330 cartridges of liquid marijuana were seized from various warehouses at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the BOC said the drug cartridges, which were confiscated from air cargo parcels, were estimated to worth P700,000.
Customs personnel examining the air parcels initially discovered a total of 11 packages containing liquid marijuana.
The bureau said it coordinated the seizure of drugs with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group.
The cartridges of liquid marijuana were then turned over to PDEA for further investigation of its consignees and senders.
The BOC stressed that the importation of “hempseed” and “Cannabidiol” is still considered illegal and may be subject to seizure pursuant to the provisions of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
An aircraft bound for Japan exploded at Runway 24 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday (March 29) at around 8:00 PM, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) confirmed in a statement.
The Lion Air West Wind 24 aircraft bound for Haneda, Japan was carrying eight passengers — three medical personnel, three flight crew, a patient and a companion— on a medical evacuation mission.
It was about to take off when it suddenly caught fire then exploded, killing all eight people on board.
Immediately after the incident, the MIAA Fire and Rescue team were dispatched to the site to douse the flames with chemical foam.
The runway has been temporarily closed, as investigators from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board of the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines are now on site to determine the cause of the incident.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will move all remaining flights to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 starting March 28.
According to MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal this aims to minimize the exposure of airport workers to the coronavirus disease(COVID-19) while ensuring continuous operations at NAIA, as per the instructions of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade.
Beginning 0001H (12:01AM) of March 28, 2020, the following airlines will be operating to and from NAIA Terminal 1:
Gulf Air, Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Hong Kong Air, Eva Air, Japan Airlines, Royal Brunei, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.
Several foreign and local airlines have already ceased operations due to the imposed travel ban to prevent the further spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, MIAA vowed to continue sweeper flights at NAIA Terminal 2.
“Sweeper flights and repatriation flights to help foreign nationals return to their home countries, are jointly undertaken by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in collaboration with the embassies,” according to MIAA.
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