P3.3B worth of mighty cigarettes destroyed in Bulacan

admin   •   December 14, 2017   •   3716


MANILA, Philippines — Authorities on Wednesday began to destroy tonnes of cigarettes confiscated by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) from the warehouse of the Mighty Corporation in Bulacan and Pampanga last March.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III led the destruction process at the processing plant of the HOLCIM cement in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

They destroyed 29,439 master cases or an equivalent of 115 million packets of cigarettes with fake tax stamps.

“We are destroying these stocks of cigarettes to ensure that none of them leaks back to the open market. For we wanted to deliver the message that tax evasion does not pay,” said the Finance Secretary.

According to the Dominguez, they decided to do the destruction at HOLCIM cement’s plant as it uses geo-cycle technology that reduces gas emission and land and water pollution.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), meanwhile, reminds companies to pay proper taxes to avoid suffering the same fate as the Mighty Corporation.

“If you will fake your stamps, this is what will happen to you,” said BIR Assistant Commissioner  Teresita Angeles.

Authorities first conducted the process of destroying the seized cigarettes in Davao City last month. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

2 nabbed in Batangas over P600,000 worth of Kush Marijuana — Customs

Robie de Guzman   •   January 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Two persons who allegedly claimed a parcel containing P600,000 worth of Kush Marijuana were arrested by authorities, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

The BOC identified the two as Van Joshua Magpantay and Johnyengle Hernandez who were arrested on Saturday by agents from the bureau, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG).

They were apprehended in a vape shop in Lipa City, Batangas during a controlled delivery operation jointly conducted by the BOC, PDEA, and IADITG.

The BOC said the parcel, which arrived thru Fedex Pasay City, was sent by a certain Nina Manual from California, USA.

It was misdeclared as “musical instruments” and consigned to a certain “Dimitria Escalona” of Batangas.

When subjected to x-ray scanning and physical examination, the parcel was found to contain two vacuum-sealed transparent plastics of 500 grams of dried leaves later identified as high-grade marijuana, also known as Kush.

“The apprehended claimants and seized dangerous drugs are now under the custodial investigation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for filing of criminal charges for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act,” the BOC said in a statement.

The latest apprehension follows the seizure of P1 million worth of ecstasy tablets in Central Mail Exchange Center, it added.

BOC intercepts 28 live venomous scorpions, tarantulas in NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   January 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday said its operatives have seized a package containing a total of 20 endangered tarantula spiders and eight scorpions allegedly smuggled through Central Mail Exchange Center.

The BOC said 28 plastic containers individually housing the tarantulas and scorpions were found upon opening of the package on January 6.

Bureau records show that the package from Samut Parakain, Thailand was misdeclared as “teaching equipment,” and imported without the necessary permits.

The tarantulas and scorpions were immediately transferred and turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit (DENR WTMU) for rehabilitation and care, the BOC said.

Illegal importation, collection and trade of endangered wildlife are punishable by imprisonment of six years and a fine of P200,000.00 under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act.

The unlawful importation of goods with appraised value of more than P250,000 including duties and taxes is also punishable under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

Last October 2020, the BOC-NAIA also intercepted 119 tarantulas from Poland which were concealed in a pair of rubber shoes.

P1-M worth of ecstasy ‘party drugs’ inside air parcel seized at Central Mail Exchange Center

Marje Pelayo   •   January 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 535 pieces of ecstasy tablets inside an air parcel was intercepted at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) with a street value of P1-M , the Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported.

The seized tablets were initially discovered by Customs personnel at CMEC during the 100% physical examination of the air parcel. 

Subsequent laboratory tests conducted by the PDEA confirmed the tablets as Ecstasy or “party drugs”. 

Records further show that the subject air parcel came from the Netherlands and was misdeclared as “documents”.

The operation was a collaboration among members of the BOC Port of NAIA, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG).

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