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VIRAL: Korean tourist shares bad experience in Clark airport

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:40 PM

It is SeonKyung's first time to visit the Philippines, and says that she never wants to come back again

Customs set to destroy 22 more luxury vehicles

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Consignees of the vehicles, which include Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Toyota Land Cruisers, have until February 24 to appeal their destruction

DESTROYED. A bulldozer runs over smuggled luxury vehicles at the Port Area in Manila on February 6, 2018. Photo by Simeon Celi/Presidential Photo

Duterte bans auctioning of smuggled goods

Feb 13, 2018 - 6:21 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says corrupt employees in the auctions division in the Bureau of Customs are in cahoots with importers who pose as bidders during auctions

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña as they inspect the smuggled vehicles before they were destroyed at the Port Area in Manila on February 6, 2018. Also joining the President are Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The week in photos: February 3-9, 2018

Feb 10, 2018 - 1:44 PM

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

Russian conceptual artist Andrey Kuzkin performs naked and headlong near the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, northern Germany, on February 8, 2018.The performance was part of the series "The Phenomenon of Nature or 99 Landscapes with Trees". / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Daniel Reinhardt / Germany OUT

Pimentel: Why not sell smuggled luxury cars to foreign buyers?

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:47 PM

'The proceeds can be used to help calamity victims,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

DESTROYED. A bulldozer runs over smuggled luxury vehicles at the Port Area in Manila on February 6, 2018. Photo by Simeon Celi/Presidential Photo

Duterte appoints new Customs officials

Feb 08, 2018 - 11:17 AM

The new appointees include former regional chiefs of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

BUREAU OF CUSTOMS. President Rodrigo Duterte has named new top officials to the revenue agency. Photo from PhotoPhilia (Wikipedia Takes Manila participant)

Taguba begs court for NBI detention, says 'official' wants him dead

Feb 06, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Mark Taguba's father is willing to testify in court that a 'government official' his son had named during the Senate hearings on the P6.4-billion shabu shipment wants his son killed

NBI DETENTION. Customs fixer Mark Taguba has filed a very urgent motion for reconsideration before a Manila court for continued detention at the NBI, citing threats to his life. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bureau of Customs warns against dealing with these 7 fixers

Feb 01, 2018 - 8:15 PM

(UPDATED) Richard Rebong 'deplores the reckless manner' of accusing him of being a fixer without a formal investigation and a chance to clear his name

Smuggling charges filed against Davao ukay-ukay merchandisers, brokers

Jan 31, 2018 - 8:04 PM

G-Joyce Enterprises and Zainar General Merchandise are charged separately with importing prohibited used clothing and rags with a value of over P4 million

SMUGGLED UKAY-UKAY. The Bureau of Customs inspects a shipment. Photo from https://twitter.com/CustomsPH/status/929604716559921153

Court orders arrest of Mark Taguba, middlemen in shabu smuggling

Jan 31, 2018 - 5:55 PM

No bail is recommended for Customs broker Mark Taguba and several others facing charges

Mark Ruben Taguba shows the timeline of the transaction durin the hearing of the Blue Ribbon committee on the nabbed P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China, at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay on Monday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Faeldon gets 'no special treatment' in jail – BJMP

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon is transferred from the Senate to the Pasay City Jail, while his petition remains pending before the Supreme Court

TRANSFERRED. Former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon is escorted by police and Senate security during his transfer to the Pasay City Jail on January 30, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu shipment from China

Jan 29, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Chinese linked to P6.4-B smuggled shabu denies bribing BI to leave PH

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Richard Tan's lawyer says his client was not informed by the DOJ that an Immigration lookout bulletin was already issued against him

NOT INFORMED? Chinese businessman Richard Tan, the alleged shipper of the 604 kilos of shabu from China, says he wasn't informed a lookout bulletin was issued against him. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Valenzuela court clears 5 in importation of P6.4-B shabu

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:10 PM

It seems there are a lot of hurdles to getting accountability in the smuggling of shabu from China to the Philippines, and a lot of them has to do with limitations set by the law

The Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon) on August 9, 2017 resumes its public hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu smuggled at the Bureau of Customs in May. Photo by Joseph Vidal

8 legal stories to keep an eye on in 2018

Jan 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

From complaints against former president Benigno Aquino III to controversies at the Bureau of Customs, here are high-profile cases to watch this year

Bureau of Customs eyes full automation in 2018

Jan 06, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña warns erring officials, 'Wait until I catch up with all of you. I am strict with my one-strike policy'

CUSTOMS CHIEF. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena addresses the Bureau of Customs during turnover ceremonies at the BOC headquarters on August 30, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

BIR files tax evasion complaints vs Mark Taguba, Kenneth Dong

Jan 04, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The BIR claims customs fixer Mark Taguba – the whistleblower in the smuggled P6.4-billlon shabu shipment – owes the government P850 million

TAX EVASION. Customs broker and middleman Mark Taguba and Kenneth Dong are slapped with multi-million tax evasion cases based on their testimonies of their roles at the Bureau of Customs.

Case vs Trillanes, CPP vs Duterte, Trump on climate change | Evening wRap

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:22 PM

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Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio file civil case vs Trillanes

Dec 29, 2017 - 11:39 AM

'It's nothing but another harassment suit because our corrupt and coopted justice system have become the refuge of the Duterte scoundrels,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of the case filed against him

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed by the civil case filed against him by the President's son and son-in-law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Martial law in Mindanao, PDEA’s war on drugs, NBA updates | Evening wRap

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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Palace defends Faeldon's appointment to new gov't post

Dec 28, 2017 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'The appointment of Nicanor Faeldon to another position puts a big question mark in the government's seriousness in fighting corruption,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

NEW POST. President Rodrigo Duterte appoints detained former Bureau of Customs Chief Nicanor Faeldon as the new deputy administrator of the Office of Civil Defense.

War on drugs, martial law in Mindanao, Reuters journalists | Evening wRap

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:40 PM

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Duterte appoints Faeldon to Office of Civil Defense

Dec 27, 2017 - 4:18 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Faeldon is facing separate investigations at the Ombudsman for the P6.4 billion drug shipment and rice smuggling in Cagayan de Oro

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Gov't deficit narrows in November on 16% higher collections

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:45 PM

This offset the 10% increase in government spending for the month, but the year-to-date deficit is still wider by 4% compared to the same period in 2016

P17.5M worth of shabu sent through FedEx turned over to PDEA

Dec 21, 2017 - 5:23 PM

The Bureau of Customs also turns over to PDEA the two suspects who claimed the contraband from the FedEx warehouse

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.

P83M smuggled rice from China seized in Cebu

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:26 AM

The shipment is declared as ceramic tiles but further examination show that the vans contain mostly rice

INTERCEPTED. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena inspects the smuggled rice in Cebu. Photo by Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.

Calida on drug smuggling in PH: ‘We cannot police an archipelago’

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also says Philippine police can't arrest big time drug lords who are in China

GRILLED. Solicitor General Jose Calida is grilled on the operational loopholes of Oplan TokHang and the government's anti-drug war campaign during the 3rd and final day of the Supreme Court oral arguments. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

BOC posts record high P46.47-B collection in November

Dec 02, 2017 - 1:35 PM

The Bureau of Customs posts its highest collection ever after it surpasses revenue targets in Batangas, Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro, Clark, and Davao

NEW CUSTOMS CHIEF. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena addresses the Bureau of Customs during turnover ceremonies at the BOC headquarters on August 30, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Nov 29, 2017 - 7:36 PM

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Nov 23, 2017 - 8:42 PM

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Senators slam DOJ for clearing Faeldon in P6.4-B shabu mess

Nov 23, 2017 - 3:43 PM

'Ang tanong ngayon, sino na ang responsable sa pagpasok ng P6.4 billion shabu, yung security guard ng Customs? Mr. Duterte, pinagloloko mo yung mga tao,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon attends the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu shipment from China on July 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Malacañang defends reappointment of customs officials tagged as corrupt

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:42 PM

The reappointment of Ariel Nepomuceno and Teddy Raval indicates they are cleared of involvement in the P6.4-billion shabu smuggling scandal, at least, in the eyes of President Rodrigo Duterte, says Malacañang

DOJ clears Faeldon, charges Taguba in shabu shipment case

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:52 PM

DOJ says the PDEA did not clearly accuse Faeldon and other Customs officials in its complaint, meriting a dismissal

CLEARED. Former BOC commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other Customs officials are cleared in the P6.4-bllion worth of shabu shipment from China. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Customs bureau foils smuggling of wildlife species

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:30 PM

7 packages bound for Taiwan contain 123 Chinese softshell turtles mixed with live eels, says the Bureau of Customs

SEIZED. A turtle (pictured above) is among the species seized from packages bound for Taiwan at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo from Bureau of Customs PIAD

Duterte transfers Customs execs accused of corruption to DOTr

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:12 PM

President Duterte gives Milo Maestrecampo and Gerardo Gambala new government posts despite accusations of corruption and collaboration with drug smugglers

Majority floor leader Rodolfo Fariñas during a congress hearing regarding the seized P6.4 billion worth of smuggled shabu from China, during House Committee on Ways and Means on Wednesday, Aug. 02, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Customs officials open to lifestyle checks

Oct 16, 2017 - 6:43 PM

The BOC officials, however, say that the bureau should not be singled out

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Oct 11, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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Gordon hits Aguirre for ‘cavalier’ attitude in smuggled P6.4B drug shipment

Oct 11, 2017 - 12:28 PM

'That’s his opinion but I vehemently deny that because his observations are without any basis, except for the fact that I have many things to do,' says Justice Secretary Aguirre

CAVALIER? Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II attends the Senate hearing on the drugs shipment issue on September 19, 2017, where Senator Richard Gordon says he displayed a 'cavalier' attitude. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gordon wants bribery charges vs Paolo Duterte's councilor-friend

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:27 AM

While the senator recommends charges against Davao City councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr, he clears Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte of corruption allegations

PULONG'S FRIEND. Davao City Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr takes his oath at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on P6.4-billion worth of shabu shipment from China. File Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Gordon puts blame on Taguba as 'central figure' in BOC corruption

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:55 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says charges should be filed against fixer Mark Taguba, adding that he was 'less than forthright' in the hearings

Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Gordon to seek lifestyle check on Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio

Oct 10, 2017 - 7:55 PM

(2nd UPDATE) In his draft committee report, Senate blue ribbon chair Richard Gordon clears Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio from smuggling and says there is no evidence against them

38 officials affected in latest Bureau of Customs reshuffle

Oct 09, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Eight district collectors and 30 section chiefs are relieved from their post, while 3 PDEA officials join the bureau

Drilon vows to block BOC budget over lack of pre-shipment inspection

Oct 06, 2017 - 3:57 PM

'I have no qualms in saying that I have not opposed the approval of any budget here in my 19 years. But this time I will put my foot down,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

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Oct 06, 2017 - 12:41 PM

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Faeldon says DOJ has no jurisdiction over drug complaint against him

Oct 05, 2017 - 9:05 PM

In his motion asking the DOJ to dismiss the complaint, the former BOC commissioner says it is the Office of the Ombudsman which has jurisdiction

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 4, 2017

Oct 04, 2017 - 12:56 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

Employee says she collected ‘tara’ for Customs intel officers

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Customs' intelligence officers accuse the employee of transacting with Mark Taguba on her own

TARA? Former Customs Intelligence chief Neil Estrella (middle) and intelligence officer Joel Pinawin (right) deny ever receiving grease money from broker Taguba. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Small Abellera mulls ethics complaint vs Trillanes

Oct 03, 2017 - 11:02 PM

The Davao City councilor, among those tagged in alleged customs corruption, reports back to work a week after he was stripped of chairmanship and membership in city council committees

SENATE APPEARANCE. Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr, in this file photo from August 31, 2017, appears before the Senate blue ribbon committee probing the P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China that got past the Bureau of Customs. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Sep 28, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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