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Subic Customs foils P5M smuggle try

Randy Datu
In separate incidents, Bureau of Customs officials at the Subic freeport seize smuggled goods, totaling an estimated P5 million

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines – Attempts to smuggle some P5 million ($111,408.20*) worth of imported items out of the Subic Freeport were foiled by officers of the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

BOC District Collector Port of Subic Gen. Arnulfo Marcos (Ret.) said Manolo Arevalo and his men, under the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), seized imported 7,200 cartons of ceramic tiles which arrived in Subic in a 20-footer container van consigned to Tough Sapphire Enterprises in Binan, Laguna.

The shipment with estimated market value of P3 million ($66,844.92*) was covered with false declaration executed by the consignee.

Arevalo, chief of the CIIS-ID, was with operatives Intelligence Agent Teodorico Tobias and Special Agents Reycristo Ruanto, Jr. and Ruperto Sulit, Jr.

For their work, Arevalo and his men were commended by the BoC last Monday, October 27.

In another incident, 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, based in Pasay City.

Accordingly, the consignee used fake invoice to undervalue the shipment which valued up to P2 million ($44,563.28*). 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.

The consignees are facing violation of Section 2530 of Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.

In another 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 ($62,388.59*) in Olongapo City after it was smuggled out of Subic Freeport without paying correct tariff duties and taxes.

“It is a warning to those still planning to use Subic for their undesirable import business, we will catch you,” Marcos said and congratulated Arevalo, Oandasan and men “for a job well done.” ­–


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