Mga kasong isasampa kay Davidson Bangayan aka David Tan, pinag-aaralan pa ng BOC

admin   •   February 6, 2014   •   3074

(Left-Right) David Bangayan AKA David Tan; Bureau of Customs Commissioner John Sevilla (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Sa kabila ng naging pahayag ng ilang senador na may sapat ng basehan upang kasuhan ng smuggling ang negosyanteng si Davidson Bangayan alyas David Tan, sinabi ngayon ng Bureau of Customs (BOC) na wala pa itong nakikitang kaso na maisasampa laban sa hinihinalang big-time rice smuggler.

Ayon kay Customs Commissioner John Sevilla, pinag-aaralan pa nila kung may nalabag na batas si Bangayan sa paggamit nito ng mga kooperatiba upang makapag-import ng bigas.

“Kung i-grant natin na siya ang financier, we have to see, did he violate customs law. I’m sure well mukhang maraming convinced… may violations of law involved. Pero magpa-file lang kami kung ang na-violate ay ang Customs Law.”

Ayon pa kay Sevilla, ang mga consignee lamang o ang pinadalhan ng bigas ang may pananagutan kapag inuulit-ulit o nire-recycle ang paggamit ng import permits.

Wala umanong record ang BOC na naging consignee ng bigas si Davidson Bangayan o David Tan.

“Kung ni-recycle ang import permits, then violation po yun ng Customs Law pero ang guilty dyan ay ang consignee.”

Samantala, sinampahan naman ng reklamong smuggling ng Bureau of Customs ang anim na opisyal ng San Carlos Multi-Purpose Cooperative, isang kooperatiba ng mga magsasaka, dahil sa illegal na importasyon ng bigas na nagkakahalaga ng 34-milyong piso.

Ayon sa BOC, mis-declared ang dami ng inimport na bigas at ang lugar na pinanggalingan nito.

Wala ring pahintulot ang importasyon dahil ang National Food Authority (NFA) lamang ang pinapayagang umangkat ng bigas mula sa Vietnam.

Nitong nakaraang taon, 22 smuggling complaints na may kinalaman sa rice-smuggling ang isinampa ng Bureau of Customs.

Umabot naman sa 1.2 billion pesos ang halaga ng mga smuggled na bigas na nakumpiska nitong nakalipas na taon.

“Wag nating kakalimutan that every incidence of smuggling of rice, ang nasasaktan talaga dito ang mga magbubukid ng Pilipinas.”

Dagdag pa ni Sevilla, “Ang appeal po namin ay paki-aksyunan na ito sa lalong madaling panahon. Hindi lang po si Vhong Navarro ang nangangailangan ng katarungan, ang magsasaka po ng Pilipinas ay nangangailangan po ng katarungan.”

Sinabi pa ng Customs Commissioner na mas malaking hamon sa kanilang paglaban sa rice smuggling ang mga TRO na inilalabas ng mga korte laban sa kanila kaugnay ng kinukumpiska nilang mga smuggled na bigas.

Sa ngayon ay mayroon umanong limang TRO sa kanila ang mga korte mula sa Maynila, Davao City at Batangas. (Roderic Mendoza / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

PH sends back over 2,600 tons of wastes to South Korea

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has shipped back to South Korea some 2,676 metric tons (MT) of waste materials that were stored at the PHIVIDEC Industrial Authority premises in Misamis Oriental since 2018.

In a report to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said the shipment was part of the 5,176.91 MT that the South Korean government committed to help send back to their country after these were illegally exported to the Philippines in July 2018.

The waste materials consist of plastic synthetic flakes that were illegally imported by the Cebu-based Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp.

Guerrero said the garbage was shipped back in 151 forty-footer containers.

The first batch of 51 containers was re-exported to Korea on Jan. 25, 2019, followed by another shipment of 50 containers on Jan. 15 this year.

A third batch consisting of 50 containers was shipped to Korea last March 21.

“The re-exportation took some time because the wastes have been exposed to natural elements of heat and rain, which made it difficult to re-bag and stuff inside the containers,” Guerrero said in his report.

The remaining 2,500 MT of wastes were initially scheduled to be shipped back in March but it was delayed due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), according to Guerrero.

The community quarantine has forced most people to stay in their homes as the operation of public transportation and classes in schools were suspended. Most government offices have implemented a skeleton force while other employees were ordered to work from their homes.

“Rest assured that the Bureau will undertake all the necessary means, within the bounds of the law, in order to expedite the re-exportation of these wastes,” Guerrero said.

BOC donates seized fish, rice shipments to OCD

Robie de Guzman   •   April 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has donated to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) containers of food items that were seized at the Manila International Container Port (MCIP).

In a statement, the BOC said the move is in compliance with the directive of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III to donate goods in its custody as an aid to poor families affected by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The donated food items include 320 containers of rice and 186 containers of frozen bonito, mackerel, moonfish, squid, and round scad which were abandoned/forfeited, and were deemed properties of the government pursuant to the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The BOC said it signed the deed of donation on April 7, Tuesday.

“To ensure that donations are fit for human consumption, the goods shall undergo examination and certification with the Bureau of Plant Industry and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources prior to its distribution,” it said.

The donation is also pursuant to the provisions of the Joint Administrative Order No. 20-01 that abandoned/forfeited cargoes shall be given to the OCD for distribution.

Section 1141 (Mode of Disposition) of the CMTA also states that goods in BOC’s custody that are up for disposal “may be donated to another government agency or declared for official use of the Bureau, after approval of the Secretary of Finance, or sold at a public auction at the Port where the goods are located and published electronically or in a newspaper of general circulation.”

Last week, the BOC-Port of Davao also donated various personal protective equipment and medical emergency supplies to Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and to different medical facilities in Mindanao.

Bureau of Customs turns over P13.2-M worth of seized marijuana to PDEA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 7, 2020

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday (April 6) turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 11.569 kilograms of seized marijuana with an estimated value of P13.2 million.

The customs examiner suspected some irregularities when upon physical examination of 14 cans labeled as a healthy meal formula, the labels were found to be movable and not permanently attached.

This prompted the examiner to have the cans opened that revealed to contain plastic sachets of leaves suspected to be marijuana.

The items were also subjected to K9 sniffing which indicated the presence of illegal drugs, prompting a chemical analysis by PDEA which affirmed the findings of BOC-Clark personnel.

On 30 March 2020, Warrants of Seizure and Detention (WSD) were issued by District Collector Ruby Alameda against the subject shipments for violation of R.A. No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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