Smuggled gadgets, 15 undocumented Chinese nationals uncovered in Manila raid

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2019   •   748

MANILA, Philippines – Operatives of the Bureau of Customs – Intelligence Group (BOC-IG) raided an electronics store in Binondo, Manila selling allegedly smuggled high-value gadgets.

Among the devices intercepted were Apple iPhones, iPads, Mi Brand and Samsung devices.

The owner of the establishment has until August 14 to present evidence of proper payment of duties and taxes of electronics.

Section 224 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) states that ”in the event that the interested party fails to produce such evidence within fifteen (15) days, the goods may be seized and subjected to forfeiture proceedings.”

Also during the raid, 15 undocumented Chinese nationals were identified and were immediately turned-over to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for documentation and processing.

According to the BI, nine of the said Chinese nationals entered the country as tourists who were working without the necessary permits.

Three of them, meanwhile, have no record of travel or of unknown status; two are holders of 9G (pre-arranged employment) visa and one has special working permit.

Deportation proceedings for the 15 Chinese nationals are underway.

The operation launched on July 31, 2019, was led by agents from the BOC Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) in collaboration with members of the Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Joint Task Force (JTF) – National Capital Region (NCR) and personnel from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

P17-M worth of fake cigarette shipment seized in Port of Manila – BOC

Robie de Guzman   •   June 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs-Port of Manila (BOC-POM) on Wednesday said it has seized a shipment containing fake Mighty and Marvels cigarettes estimated to be worth P17.38 million.

In a statement, the BOC said the shipment consigned to Mvestisery Industrial Supply arrived from China on May 22, 2020.

It was placed on hold and was issued a pre-lodgement control order last May 27 after the POM received derogatory information from the BOC-Enforcement Group, the bureau added.

Upon physical examination, the assigned Customs Examiner assessed its total duties and taxes amounting to Php 9.96 million.

District Collector Arsenia Ilagan ordered the issuance of Warrants of Seizure and Detention against the entire shipment for violation of Section 1401 “Unlawful Importation or Exportation” in relation to Section 1113 “Property Subject Seizure and Forfeiture” of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

“The Bureau of Customs maintains its steadfast commitment to curb unlawful trade and anti-smuggling in the nation’s border and inside customs territory,” the bureau said.

Mayor Isko, pinabulaanan ang ulat na hard lockdown sa buong Maynila

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Mariing pinabulaanan ni Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ang balitang isasailalim sa hard lockdown ang buong lungsod sa mga susunod na araw.

“Huwag po kayong magpapaniwala sa mga sabi-sabi na maglolockdown dito maglolockwon doon dahil kung mayroon man pong ganun ay ako po mismo ang mananawagan sa media,” ani Domagoso.

Ginawa ng alkalde ang paglilinaw kasunod ng mga ulat na ilalagay sa lockdown ang maraming barangay kasunod ng pamamahagi ng pinansiyal na ayuda mua sa lokal na pamahalaan.

Ayon kay Mayor Isko, dumadaan sa masusing pag-aaral bago mailagay sa hard lockdown ang isang lugar.

Kailangan ding may mataas na kaso ang isang barangay upang maikunsidera itong isailalim sa mas mahigpit na quarantine measure.

Sa pinakahuling ulat, aabot na sa 1,152 ang nag-positibo sa coronavirus sa lungsod ng Maynila. Tatlumpu’t tatlo rito ang bagong kaso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

Police nab over 200 violators on first day of Tondo 1 hard lockdown

Robie de Guzman   •   May 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – More than 200 violators of quarantine protocols were apprehended by authorities in the first few hours of the 48-hour hard lockdown imposed on Tondo 1 district in the Philippine capital.

Police data showed that among those nabbed for quarantine violations were minors and persons with disability who were later allowed to go home.

Homeless people who were picked up by police officers were brought to the Department of Social Welfare and Development while adult and able-bodied violators were held in covered courts that were converted as temporary holding facilities.

Police said the apprehended violators will undergo inquest proceedings.

Tondo 1 district in Manila is under hard lockdown starting 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 3 until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

Although there is a high number of apprehended violators, Manila Police District director Police Brigadier General Rolando Miranda said this is not a basis to extend the hard lockdown.

“It’s only 204 kumpara mo sa populasyon ng district one ng Tondo na halos isang milyon so napakaliit na porsiyento nun para i-extend ang lockdown,” he said.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ordered the 48-hour lockdown to “contain the spread” and “mitigate any adverse effects” of COVID-19 in the district.

In his order, Mayor Isko said that “disease surveillance, verification or testing and rapid risk assessment” activities will be carried out as response measures to the imminent danger posed by COVID-19.

As of Sunday, May 2, the city health department reported it has tested around 1,409 individuals for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which is higher than its initial target of 1,000.

Of this number, 109 tested positive for the virus using rapid test kits.

The city government said those who tested positive will undergo confirmatory PCR testing, as well as those whose results were negative but showed COVID-19 symptoms.

This is the second 48-hour hard lockdown imposed by the Manila City government. Earlier, the Sampaloc district was placed under hard lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

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