NAIA Terminals closed for 12 hours on Dec. 3 due to ‘Tisoy’

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2019   •   693

MANILA, Philippines – All terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be closed for 12 hours on Dec. 3, Tuesday, in anticipation of the inclement weather brought about by Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ (international name: Kammuri).

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) made the announcement during a press briefing on Monday. A separate advisory was issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

MIAA said the airport closure from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday is part of its measures to ensure the safety of air passengers ahead of the onslaught of ‘Tisoy’.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal appealed to passengers to stay in their homes and to avoid going to airports. They are also urged to coordinate with their carriers for flight schedules.

“Once flight operations resume, priority will be given to scheduled flights. Recovery flights will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis,” the DOTr said in its advisory.

“For an orderly succession of flights, recovery flights must have prior approval from the MIAA authority,” it added.

The department said regular runway maintenance, which is scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 a.m. will also be suspended for three more days after resumption of flights to give way to recovery flights.

Based on latest weather update from PAGASA, typhoon ‘Tisoy’ was last seen at 90 kilometers per hour east of Juban, Sorsogon.

It is now bringing violent winds to northern Samar and is expected to make landfall over Sorsogon within the next three hours.

PAGASA said ‘Tisoy’ may bring possible storm surges over three meters high in several coastal areas in Catanduanes, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur as well as in Batangas, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro.

Between Monday night and Tuesday morning, frequent to continuous heavy to intense rains are expected in parts of Bicol region, Samar, Quezon, Marinduque and Romblon as well as in Laguna and Oriental Mindoro.

Moderate to intermittent heavy rains will be felt over Metro Manila, Occidental Mindoro, rest of CALABARZON, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, and the rest of Eastern Visayas.

Between Tuesday morning and evening, PAGASA said frequent to continuous heavy to intense rains will be experienced over Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, and Romblon.

Occasional to frequent heavy rains will prevail over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Calamian Islands; while intermittent heavy rains over Aklan, Capiz, and northern Antique.

‘Tisoy’ is seen to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday afternoon.

P4.5 million worth of shabu seized in Pasay City

Robie de Guzman   •   September 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has seized 640 grams of shabu (crystal meth) estimated to worth P4.5 million in a warehouse in Pasay City.

The contraband was found in an unclaimed parcel at the DHL warehouse.

The BOC said the seized illegal drug was concealed inside tin cans of wafer and packs of chocolates, stuffed toys, candies and slippers to avoid detection.

It was shipped from Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States and consigned to a certain resident of Hagonoy, Bulacan.

However, its contents were detected through “intensified vigilance and profiling BOC-NAIA” and coordinated with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (IADITG).

Chemical Laboratory Analysis conducted by PDEA confirmed that the seized white crystalline substance were indeed methamphetamine hydrochloride.

The BOC said the items have been turned over to the PDEA on Sept. 24 for further profiling and case build-up against those behind its importation for possible prosecution for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

PH Customs seizes Kush worth P852k at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) said it has confiscated another parcel containing 533 grams of Kush or high-grade marijuana with an estimated value of P852,000 at the Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City.

The BOC said the package was discovered to be misdeclared as five pieces of clothes and was shipped from California, USA. It was addressed to a certain “Aura Talob” of Davao City.

Instead of clothes, it was found to contain high-grade marijuana.

A field test conducted by the Customs Anti-Illegal Drug Trask Force and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency confirmed it as Kush marijuana.

The BOC said the item was turned over to PDEA on Wednesday for further investigation.

Individuals involved in the illegal importation will also be charged for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, it added.

The BOC previously seized Kush in NAIA last January 20, 2020 (112 grams), June 22, 2020 (1,954 grams), and July 15, 2020 (1,044 grams) all coming from the United States and were declared as “chocolates”, “green tea” and “street wear”, respectively.

P15M worth of misdeclared high-end goods seized at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   August 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A shipment of high-end branded goods that were misdeclared as personal effects was recently apprehended at the Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement, the BOC said the shipment, which consisted of bags, shoes, wallets and other luxury goods was valued at P15 million.

The items included high-end brands like Chanel, Hermes, Christian Louboutin, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Balenciaga bags, shoes, wallets, and earrings.

The bureau said that the shipment was fraudulently declared as personal effects, consisting of shampoo, soap, towels, toiletries, canned goods, milk and chocolates, packed in 17 cartons. It was shipped from Milano, Italy through RRG Freight Service Forwarder in Paicargo Warehouse.

A physical examination of the subject shipment confirmed that it actually consists of high-end goods in commercial quantities.

The BOC said the misdeclaration is an apparent attempt to evade payment of correct duties and taxes by circumventing duty and tax free privileges afforded to balikbayan boxes.

According to Port of NAIA district collector Carmelita Talusan, the shipment will be subjected to seizure and forfeiture proceedings for violation of Section 1400 in relation to Section 1113 of the CMTA.

The records and details of the apprehension shall be referred to the Bureau Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS) for case profiling and build up against the personalities involved in the foiled smuggling.

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