03 November 2014

P5M smuggle try foiled in Subic port

The Bureau of Customs commended an officer and men of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) in the Port of Subic for foiling a smuggle try of some P5-million worth of imported items out of the Subic Freeport.

Commended last Monday were Manolo Arevalo, OIC-Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS-ID) and operatives Intelligence Agent Teodorico Tobias and Special Agents Reycristo Ruanto, Jr. and Ruperto Sulit, Jr.

BoC District Collector Port of Subic Gen. Arnulfo Marcos (Ret.) said Arevalo and his men seized imported 7,200 cartons of ceramic tiles which arrived in Subic in a 20-footer container van consigned to Tough Sapphire Enterprises in BiƱan, Laguna.

The shipment with estimated market value of P3-million was covered with false declaration executed by the consignee.

Earlier, Marcos ordered the seizure of a 40-footer container packed with disassembled aircraft, one rubber boat and a Lycoming 0-320 engine which is consigned to Centurion Import Services located at the 2/F of Philcox Hangar, General Aviation Area, MDA, Pasay City.

Accordingly, the consignee used fake invoice to undervalue the shipment to P2-million. The shipment was turned over to Auction and Cargo Disposal Unit of BoC while investigation is still in the process of determining what to do with the shipment.

In a separate incident, the Bureau’s Enforcement and Security Service (Port of Subic) led by its chief Lt. Paul Oandasan, confiscated a shipment of Bavaria Premium Beer worth P2.8-million in Olongapo City after it was smuggled out of Subic Freeport without paying correct tariff duties and taxes. (Ruben A Veloria, People's Journal)