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NBI nabs alleged ‘middleman’ in P6.4-B shabu smuggling case

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 4 February 2019 10:30 PM

Businessman Kenneth Dong

Authorities arrested businessman Dong Yi Shen aka Kenneth Dong on Monday (February 4) over his alleged involvement as facilitator of the P6.4 billion shabu shipment from China that slipped past the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in 2017.

Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division (NBI-AOTCD) arrested Dong at 2pm in Lot 87, Block 12, Phase 2, Katarungan Village, Muntinlupa City.

He was arrested by virtue of the alias warrant of arrest issued by Judge Rainelda H. Estacio-Montesa of Regional Trial Court Branch 46 of Manila for violation of section 4 in relation to Section 26 (a) of RA 9165 (Importation of Dangerous Drugs).

Dong was tagged by customs broker and co-accused Mark Taguba as the middleman of Filipino-Chinese businessman Richard Chen, the owner of the warehouse in Valenzuela City where the shabu shipment was seized by NBI AOTCD and BOC in May 2017.  — UNTV News and Rescue

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P90-M worth of shabu stuffed inside car mufflers seized

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:07 PM


13 kilos of shabu worth P90 million

MANILA, Philippines — A shipment containing 13 kilos of shabu worth P90 million was intercepted at the DHL warehouse by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The contraband was stuffed inside car mufflers and smuggled into the country from California.

The drug haul was turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday (February 12).

Authorities declined to provide the name of the consignee but assured that criminal complaints against the party responsible for the shipment are currently being processed. — Nel Maribojoc

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49 individuals charged over P11-B shabu smuggling case except Lapeña

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 13 December 2018 02:52 PM

 

The magnetic lifters that allegedly concealed 1,618 kilograms of illegal drugs valued at P11-billion

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has filed charges against 49 individuals involved in the billion-peso shabu shipment concealed inside four magnetic lifters that slipped Customs screening in August.

Former Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, however, was not among the respondents because according to PDEA, there wasn’t any strong evidence to prove Lapeña’s direct involvement in the transactions.

“We haven’t seen any evidence that will link directly former commissioner Lapeña sa mga kaso and that is why he was not included in filing of the case,” Aquino said.

“After this we will provide copies to the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, (and) maybe with the Ombudsman.  I think they have more authority to file administrative cases,” he added.

Among the main respondents in the complaint are some officials of PDEA, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to include Former Senior Supt. Eduardo Acierto; Former PDEA Dir. Gen. For Administration Ismael Gonzales Fajardo; Former Customs Intelligence Agent Jimmy Guban; Police Inspector Lito Pirote; and Joseph Dimayuga for alleged conspiracy and negligence in handling of the said shipment.

The PDEA noted that they included Guban in the case despite him being under the state’s witness protection program.

“We actually consider him as principal person of interest or suspect so I don’t think we will recommend his inclusion in the WPP,’ said Director IV Czareanah Aquino of the PDEA Legal Prosecution Service

In a text message, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra assured to get into the root of the matter.

“We’ll evaluate the matter seriously,” he said.

The case stemmed from the inquiry conducted by both Houses of Congress which revealed names of personalities, including some Chinese nationals, corporate entities and high-ranking PDEA officials allegedly involved in the said illegal transaction.

A total of 335 kilograms of shabu were discovered in August 7, 2018 at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).

A day after, a similar shipment estimated at 1,618 kilograms of illegal drugs valued at P11-billion were discovered concealed in four magnetic lifters inside an abandoned warehouse in Barangay F. Reyes, General Mariano Alvarez (GMA), Cavite . The series of operations yielded the biggest illegal drugs haul in the country to date. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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De Lima wants probe on militarization of BOC

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 26 November 2018 12:47 PM

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Senator Leila de Lima wants an investigation on the military forces’ alleged take over of the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

In a resolution filed by De Lima in Senate on Monday (November 26), the lady senator said she is alarmed by the possible effects of military presence in the regular functions of the agency especially when it comes to revenue collection.

De Lima argued that President Rodrigo Duterte should adhere to the Constitution that bars military personnel from holding civilian positions in the government especially that there is no state of lawlessness inside BOC. – UNTV News and Rescue

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