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LOOK: Python seized at NAIA

May 08, 2019 - 10:04 AM

Customs officials discover a 20-inch reticulated python concealed in a bluetooth speaker

SEIZED. This python was found inside a blue tooth speaker at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on May 5, 2019. Photo from BOC

Customs seizes P60M worth of smuggled sugar, firecrackers in Subic port

Apr 27, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Customs officials say the 34 containers were misdeclared to contain floor mats and plastic covering

Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero and District Collector Maritess Martin show some of the smuggled goods confiscated at the Port of Subic on April 26, 2019. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

No more congestion in 2 major Manila ports – Customs

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The Bureau of Customs says this shows their commitment 'to address trade challenges'

CONGESTED NO MORE. Shipping containers are stacked inside the Manila International Container Terminal. File photo from the ICTSI website

LOOK: Customs seizes live venomous tarantulas

Apr 02, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The Bureau of Customs finds 757 tarantulas concealed in gift-wrapped oatmeal and cookies which came from Poland

Photo from BOC-PIAD

P1.8B worth of shabu intercepted at Manila port

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:14 PM

(UPDATED) The 276 kilos of drugs are hidden in a 40-foot container van that was declared to contain plastic resin

SEIZED. Around 276 kilos of shabu worth P1.8 billion are seized by Customs and anti drug agents at Manila North Harbor in Manila on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

BOC Manila exceeds February target by P5M

Mar 09, 2019 - 1:32 PM

The Bureau of Customs Port of Manila collected P6.59 billion in February

AFTER THE FIRE. The Bureau of Customs Port of Manila Building is charred inside but it remains standing with most of its exterior left undamaged after the February 22, 2019 blaze. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LOOK: Live turtles duct-taped, smuggled into Philippines

Mar 03, 2019 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) The turtles are found in abandoned suitcases at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Smuggled turtles at NAIA. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

The week in photos: February 23-March 1, 2019

Mar 03, 2019 - 8:55 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE. A woman in the United States takes a picture to Mexico through the border fence as residents of Anapra, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, and other people attend a prayer with priests and bishops from both countries to ask for the migrants and people of the area, on February 26, 2019.  Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Customs, Phividec to go after Verde Soko for S. Korean garbage import

Feb 26, 2019 - 7:59 PM

The consignee meant to process the trash, Verde Soko, is absent during the hearing

Members of the Ecowaste Coalition shows up signs condemning and protesting the importation of hazardous waste materials from South Korea inside the Mindanao International Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on Sunday, January 13,2019. The 1,400 tons of waste inside 51 40-footer containers will be ship back to South Korea onboard M/V Kalliroe on January 14,2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Customs' historic Port of Manila building after the fire

Feb 26, 2019 - 4:10 PM

The Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Fire Protection are jointly investigating to determine the cause of the blaze

AFTER THE FIRE. The Bureau of Customs Port of Manila Building is charred inside but it remains standing with most of its exterior left undamaged after the February 22, 2019 blaze. All photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

The week in photos: February 16-22, 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Manila Customs operations to continue despite razed building

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) Affected offices have been temporarily moved to the Customs gymnasium to ensure uninterrupted transactions when work resumes next week

FIRE. Fire razes the historic Bureau of Customs building Manila on February 22, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Fire hits Customs building in Manila

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The fire has reached 5th alarm past 10 pm Friday, February 22

FIRE HITS BOC. The fire that hit the Bureau of Custom's building at the Port of Manila has reached 5th alarm past 10 pm Friday, February 22. Photo by Jirume Monta/BOC-PIO

Customs confiscates cache of firearms, ammunition in Pasay City

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The Bureau of Customs seizes pistols, ammunition and ammunition magazines

CONFISCATED. Customs seized these guns and ammo at a warehouse in Pasay City. Photo by Bureau of Customs

LOOK: P90-M shabu in car parts shipment seized at NAIA

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:48 PM

The Bureau of Customs discovers 13 kilograms of shabu stuffed inside car mufflers shipped from the U.S.

HIDDEN CONTRABAND. Plastics of shabu are packed inside muffler parts from the United States. BOC photo

Like Senate, House panels clear Lapeña in shabu smuggling

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:05 PM

While two House committees clear former Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña, they recommend criminal charges against several others linked to the smuggling

Like Senate, House panels clear Lapeña in shabu smuggling. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Customs implements tighter watch over swine products

Feb 02, 2019 - 4:31 PM

The Bureau of Customs and the National Veterinary Quarantine Service reminds all passengers and importers of the ban from bringing in into the country pork products from 13 identified with outbreaks of the African Swine Fever

A butcher carrying a newly slaughter pig on his back for delivery at the Commonwealth Market in Quezon City on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Philippines has banned the entry of pork and pork-based products form China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, to prevent the spread of African swine fever in piggeries in the country, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Customs raids warehouses in Binondo, Parañaque, confiscates P850M fake goods

Feb 01, 2019 - 2:37 PM

In just the 3 warehouses in Binondo, the Bureau of Customs seizes over P700 million worth of bogus apparel

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Duterte still trusts Lapeña despite NBI graft complaints

Jan 28, 2019 - 2:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's basis for continuing to trust TESDA chief Isidro Lapeña? 'Because he (Duterte) knows him personally. He has worked with him and he trusts him,' says Malacañang.

Customs Commissioner Isidro La Pena during hearing in Congress on shabu smuggling inside the BOC on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langir/Rappler

150 soldiers recruited for 'law enforcement, intel' at Customs

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:48 PM

This heeds President Duterte's call for the military to help run the graft-ridden bureau

Whistleblower Mangaoang returns as Customs X-ray chief

Jan 10, 2019 - 12:22 AM

(UPDATED) Lourdes Mangaoang is back in the X-ray department of the Bureau of Customs

Former Customs X-ray chief Lourdes Mangaoang during the Congress hearing on shabu smuggling inside the BOC on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Cebu port officials discover luxury vehicles in car part shipment

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Customs officials find a Mercedes Benz, an Alfa Romeo, a Porsche 911, and a Range Rover Evoque in a shipment declared as containing only one piece of car body

'MISDECLARED'. A Customs official takes note of the discovery of a Porsche in a shipment that was declared as containing a car part. Photo from Bureau of Customs

Customs seizes liquid marijuana smuggled from California

Jan 02, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Authorities say the parcel containing 51 pieces of liquid marijuana cartridges is consigned to a minor

DRUGS SEIZED. Bureau of Customs seize 51 pieces of liquid marijuana cartridges. Photo by Rappler

Customs hits target revenues in 2018

Dec 30, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Aided by the TRAIN law, the Bureau of Customs reaches its target collections for 2018

TARGETS ACHIEVED. Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero during the turnover ceremony on October 31, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

P1M worth of high-end ammunition smuggled into PH before Christmas

Dec 22, 2018 - 4:38 PM

In a balikbayan box, smugglers mix the high-end ammunition with 3 used shirts, 3 pieces of bottled water, and one bottle of hot sauce

SMUGGLED. The Bureau of Customs seizes P1 million in high-end ammunition days before Christmas. File photo from Shutterstock

Korean intercepted at NAIA for carrying P25.7 million

Dec 02, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas allows foreign travelers to carry only up to $10,000 whenever they enter or leave the country

VIOLATOR. The Bureau of Customs intercepts a Korean tourist at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

'All circumstances' show magnetic lifters packed with shabu – Barbers

Nov 28, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Lawmakers end the investigation after 5 hearings eyeing recommendations to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and possible charges against liable officials

Former BOC Commissioner and now TESDA Sec. Isidro Lapena (left) with Congressman Ace Barbers (center) on Wednesday, November, 29, 2018, during the House of Representatives probe into the P11 billion missing shabu. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel questions credibility of Customs X-ray inspector

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Lawmakers are dissatisfied with the way Bureau of Customs X-ray inspector John Mar Morales rescanned images of magnetic lifters

Gordon warns BOC’s Guerrero: Beware of ‘treacherous’ customs

Nov 22, 2018 - 6:27 PM

The senator shows newly-appointed Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero a photo of PDEA officials partying with an ex-cop supposedly involved in billion-peso shabu shipments

WARNING. Senator Richard Gordon gives newly appointed BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero words of advise. Photo of Rey by Darren Langit, Photo of Gordon by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gordon cites 4 witnesses in contempt over absence at shabu probe

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says the witnesses, including dismissed cop Eduardo Acierto and sacked PDEA official Ismael Fajardo, face arrest if they skip the next Senate hearing

ABSENT. Senator Richard Gordon wants those involved in the probe into the P11 billion missing shabu brought to the Senate for the next hearing. Graphics by Ken Bautista; Photos by Angie de Silva, Ben Nabong, and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Pro-environment group wants case filed vs South Korean garbage importer

Nov 21, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Cagayan De Oro-based Pinoy Aksyon asks BOC and DENR to file charges against Verde Soko which imported 5,100 tons of trash from South Korea

OPPA, TAKE BACK YOUR TRASH: Environmental advocates urge the Philippine government to file a diplomatic protest to the government of South Korea, and to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment to prohibit waste importation in the country.

Duterte finally signs Faeldon’s appointment as BuCor Chief

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:43 PM

(UPDATED) Nicanor Faeldon will inherit the problem of alleged continuing drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison and the persistent illness of the national penitentiary which is over-congestion

NEW BUCOR CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte signs the appointment of Nicanor Faeldon as the new chief of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Continuous change of leadership in Customs may hinder improvements

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Former Customs commissioner Guillermo Parayno Jr says short-term leadership 'is not the kind of atmosphere that's conducive to reform and modernization which takes a longer period of time to do'

Lapeña faces graft complaint over release of tile shipment

Nov 12, 2018 - 7:07 PM

According to the NBI’s investigation report, Lapeña committed graft, gross neglect of duty, and grave misconduct for not following established Customs rules

GRAFT. Former Customs Commissioner and now TESDA chief Isidro Lapeña faces a graft complaint over alleged negligence in the illegal release of tile shipments. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Barbers clears Lapeña in shabu smuggling

Nov 12, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The chairperson of the House committee on dangerous drugs says command responsibility does not apply to former customs chief Isidro Lapeña either

MOVING ON. Amid the shabu smuggling controversy, President Rodrigo Duterte moves customs chief Isidro Lapena (left) to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, giving him a Cabinet-rank position. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House to summon sacked cops, Customs broker over shabu shipments

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:45 PM

House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers says they will continue establishing evidence for what they believe to be 'collusion' between the PDEA, BOC, and PNP

SHABU PROBE. House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers is the guest at the Ugnayan sa Batasan forum on November 12, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Ex-commissioner Guillermo Parayno Jr on reforming the Bureau of Customs

Nov 09, 2018 - 3:19 PM

On Friday, November 9, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with former Customs commissioner Guillermo Parayno Jr – the only BOC chief that lasted 6 years

Duterte denies ordering military to take over BOC employees' posts

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:19 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has issued no designation or appointment of an active-duty soldier to a post in the Bureau of Customs

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with newly-appointed Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero following the latter's oath-taking ceremony at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on October 30, 2018. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte did not consult Lorenzana on Customs military takeover

Oct 31, 2018 - 6:31 PM

'It's just the decision of the President,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

BYPASSED. Delfin Lorenzana is not consulted for at least a second time on a military-related order by President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Lia Macadangdang

Militarization of Customs? I'm a civilian, says Guerrero

Oct 31, 2018 - 2:41 PM

New Customs chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero says he will carry out President Duterte's orders at the Bureau of Customs 'within the bounds of the law'

Guerrero's next mission: Restore public trust in Bureau of Customs

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:55 PM

New Customs chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero says his leadership will be 'decisive and unrelenting'

NEW CUSTOMS CHIEF. New Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero urges Bureau of Customs officials and personnel to help him build public trust in the bureau. Photo from BOC

Lapeña leaves Customs: 'I did what I needed to do'

Oct 31, 2018 - 10:21 AM

Isidro Lapeña says he is leaving the Bureau of Customs 'knowing I have done the right thing, the right way'

Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Guban 'tells all': Ex-cop behind billion-peso shabu shipments

Oct 30, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Ex-Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban, now under state protection, says he will answer 'in detail' any questions lawmakers may still have about the illegal drug shipments

NEW TESTIMONY. Jimmy Guban says dismissed cop Eduardo Acierto is behind magnetic lifters shipments containing illegal drugs. Graphics by Alyssa Arizabal; Photos by Angie de Silva, Ben Nabong, and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Bureau of Customs corruption counts as 'lawless violence' – Malacañang

Oct 30, 2018 - 12:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Palace provides a new justification for why President Rodrigo Duterte can call on the Armed Forces to take over the bureau

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte bows his head in prayer during the 60th Founding Anniversary of the Social Security System (SSS) at the SSS Building in Quezon City on September 6, 2017. Also in the photo are Presidential Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, SSS Chairman Dean Amado Valdez and SSS President and CEO Emmanuel Dooc. Malacañan Photo

Gordon to Malacañang: Clarify role of military in Customs

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:57 AM

'Dapat ilinaw muna ng Malacañang kung anong gagawin ng military,' says Senator Richard Gordon even as he defended President Rodrigo Duterte's order for the military to take over a civilian agency

SENATE PROBE ON MISSING DRUGS. Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, presides the hearing on the missing shabu shipment on October 30, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on P11B worth shabu slipping past Customs

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The blue ribbon committee looks into the biggest shabu smuggling controversy to hit the Duterte administration. Watch the hearing live on Tuesday, October 30

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Oct 29, 2018 - 11:28 PM

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Soldiers in Customs? But Constitution bars civilian assignments for military

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:53 PM

Section 5(4), Article XVI specifically says no member of the armed forces shall, at any time, be appointed or designated in any capacity to a civilian position

MILITARY TAKEOVER? President Rodrigo wants a military takeover of the Bureau of Customs following scandals of billions worth of shabu getting past the bureau's watch for two consecutive years. Photo by Rappler

Lawmakers hit military 'takeover' of BOC: 'Martial law na ba?'

Oct 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'It's an extreme response, putting a purely civilian bureaucracy under military control. It's as if President Duterte has imposed nationwide martial law,' says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

LIKE MARTIAL LAW? President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes one of the awardees during his visit to Camp Juan Ponce Sumuroy in Catarman, Northern Samar on October 2, 2018. File pohoto by Robinson Niāal Jr/Presidential Photo

Military takeover of Customs only 'temporary' – AFP

Oct 29, 2018 - 2:24 PM

'These are extraordinary times that would require extraordinary measures,' says AFP spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo

'TEMPORARY'. The military will stay as long as the former army chief needs them, says military spokesman Edgard Arevalo. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler