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Duterte wants to eliminate brokers from customs

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:00 AM

But just how?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a press conference at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte says Faeldon headed to private sector

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:34 PM

The President has said he still believes in Nicanor Faeldon, despite many controversies he was embroiled in

NOT RESIGNING. The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nicanor Faeldon's gov't posts and the controversies that trailed him

Sep 06, 2019 - 1:33 PM

Occupying 3 key government positions since July 2016, Nicanor Faeldon has had more than his usual share of troubles

Second day of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Customs seizes P15 million worth of used mobile phones at NAIA

Aug 24, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The importation of used cell phones and accessories in bulk or for commercial use is not allowed

Customs cleanup: 119 officials face administrative, criminal complaints

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:09 PM

The Bureau of Customs says 27 other officials have been served show cause orders for suspected underperformance and corruption

PALACE MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses embattled officials of the Bureau of Customs in a meeting in Malacanang on July 18, 2019. Malacañang photo

Ombudsman fires 7 Customs personnel, suspends 1

Aug 19, 2019 - 1:30 PM

One of the sacked Bureau of Customs personnel is connected to a case of smuggled shabu worth P1.8 billion

FIRED. Ombudsman Samuel Martires fires 7 Customs personnel and suspends one for varying offenses.

2 Customs employees hurt in shooting incident in Makati

Aug 17, 2019 - 11:38 AM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Customs says based on initial reports, the attack on the female employees in Magallanes village 'might have been an attempt to abduct or rob the victims'

Image from Shutterstock

Employees urge Google not to work with U.S. immigration officials

Aug 15, 2019 - 9:40 AM

More than 600 'Googlers' sign a petition prompted by word that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was preparing to request bids on a massive cloud computing contract

[2016-12-26] "Googleplex", Google Headquarters, Mountain View, California. Google logo on the office building is in this photo  A By achinthamb

Undocumented Chinese workers arrested, smuggled gadgets seized in Binondo raid

Aug 03, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Authorities intercepted electronic devices such as Apple iPhones, iPads, Mi Brand, and Samsung devices

RAIDED. Allegedly smuggled Apple iPhones were uncovered in a recent raid in a store in Binondo, Manila. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

Appointment of Guerrero aides to key Customs posts questioned

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:11 PM

Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero and a few other Customs officials face graft and usurpation complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman

CUSTOMS CHIEF. Retired military general Rey Leonardo Guerrero replaced Isidro Lapeña as Customs chief. Photo courtesy of BOC

Guevarra orders 'thorough' NBI probe into Customs corruption

Jul 27, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra directs the National Bureau of Investigation to 'conduct a thorough investigation and case build-up on the alleged graft and corrupt practices in the Bureau of Customs'

CUSTOMS. State auditors flag the Bureau of Customs for unauthorized release of cargoes and for overstaying containers.

After Duterte's SONA rant, Ombudsman probes Customs corruption

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:23 PM

(UPDATED) Customs officials may face preventive suspensions as the investigation progresses, says Ombudsman Samuel Martires

CUSTOMS PROBE. The Office of the Ombudsman launches an investigation into alleged corruption inside the Bureau of Customs. Photo by Rappler

Customs seizes P2-B counterfeit goods in Binondo

Jul 22, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The fake fashion items bore luxury brands such as Armani, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton

FAKE. The Bureau of Customs seizes counterfeit goods inside storage units in Binondo, Manila City. Customs photo

‘All of them will go out’: Duterte renews vow to rid Customs of corruption

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'I do not want them back,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in his 4th State of the Nation Address

TO THE DOOR. President Rodrigo Duterte airs his frustration about cleaning the Bureau of Customs. Malacañang file photo

Duterte to Customs personnel: Resign or face administrative charges

Jul 19, 2019 - 11:07 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Customs officials and employees accused of corruption a week after he announced that they would be relieved

PALACE MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses officials of the Bureau of Customs in a meeting in Malacanang on July 18, 2019. Malacañang photo

As U.S. agents prepare to arrest 'thousands,' migrants live in fear

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Thousands of undocumented migrants wait in fear ahead of nationwide raids that could have them expelled from the United States

JUSTICE FOR KIDS. People protest against the upcoming ICE raids and detentions of refugee asylum seekers at a vigil outside the main ICE detention center (background) in downtown Los Angeles on July 12, 2019. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

PH eyes customs strike team vs foreign waste imports

Jul 13, 2019 - 3:25 PM

'As time is of the essence, we hope the Bureau of Customs strike team versus foreign waste imports will be set up soon,' says EcoWaste Coalition

FOREIGN WASTE. The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, sails as Greenpeace activists display a banner that reads "Philippines is not a dumpsite" during a protest against waste trade in Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. in Olongapo City, Zambales province, Philippines. Photo from Greenpeace

Trump confirms immigration raids set for the weekend

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:16 PM

'They came in illegally,' Donald Trump tells reporters at the White House. 'They are going to take people out and they are going to send them back to their country.'

IMMIGRATION RAID. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

PH urges Thailand to comply with customs valuation reforms on cigarette exports

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the Philippines a third time in its decade-long cigarette export dispute against Thailand

U.S. to probe alleged abuse of migrant children by border agents

Jul 11, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The US Customs and Border Protection agency, which has faced severe criticism over its treatment of detained migrants, says it takes 'all allegations seriously'

RALLYING. People listen to speakers during a rally on June 22, 2019 in Lawton, Oklahoma to protest the military base, Fort Sill, being used to house 1,400 migrant children. File photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte to dismiss 64 Customs personnel

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte wants the BOC employees to 'report to Malacañang' as they are investigated for corruption

Outgoing Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena hands over the Bureau of Customs Flag to incoming commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero at the turn over ceremony in Bureau of Customs, Manila. Lapena was given a send off ceremony to bid goodbye to employees. He will be heading to TESDA. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/Rappler

Duterte orders freezing of ‘several’ Customs officials, employees

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:39 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the names of those facing administrative and criminal charges will be disclosed 'at the appropriate time

CUSTOMS. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on July 1, 2019. Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Thousands of animals saved in global crackdown on wildlife crime

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Interpol says among the animals seized were 23 primates, 30 big cats, more than 4,300 birds, nearly 1,500 live reptiles, and close to 10,000 turtles and tortoises

NAIA Customs confiscates guns, ammo in Pasay warehouse

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Customs finds the firearms cache abandoned inside the DHL warehouse

ILLEGAL. The Bureau of Customs NAIA shows to the media the different illegal firearms they seized in Pasay City. Photo from BOC

Customs declaration of properties way off mark by P9.63B, say state auditors

Jul 02, 2019 - 9:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Customs lists properties and equipment worth P9.887 billion, but the physical count turns up only P208.06 million worth – a discrepancy of P9.63 billion

COA calls out Customs for 'illegal' release of cargoes

Jul 02, 2019 - 12:10 PM

At the Port of Manila, 105 containers worth P69.68 million 'were illegally released without proper authorization,' depriving the government of additional revenues, COA says in its 2018 audit report on the Bureau of Customs

CUSTOMS. State auditors flag the Bureau of Customs for unauthorized release of cargoes and for overstaying containers.

Customs seizes P1.4M worth of marijuana hidden in snack packs

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:16 AM

The Kush marijuana is hidden in tortilla chips packaging

KUSH MARIJUANA. Customs authorities intercept a parcel of Kush marijuana hidden inside tortilla chips packages. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. border chief quits amid outcry over child detainees

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:56 AM

John Sanders, appointed to the post just two months ago, says in a letter obtained by several US media outlets that he planned to step down as acting US Customs and Border Protection commissioner on July 5

Migrant children from different Latin American wait to receive food at the Casa del Refugiado, or The House of Refugee, a new centre opened by the Annunciation House to help the large flow of migrants being released by the United States Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, Texas on April 24, 2019. The 125,000 foot space will accomodate about 500 migrants, with plans to expand for up to 1,500. While this is larger then other centres in the El Paso area, Father Ruben Garcia the director of Annunciation house says that they will still rely on churches around the community for help housing migrants. According to the CBP, border patrol agents apprehended 92,607 people along the southwest border in March, up from 66,884 in February. US President Donald Trump, who has made immigration the core of his message to his conservative base, said on Twitter that "a very big Caravan of over 20,000 people" is making its way through Mexico toward the United States. Paul Ratje / AFP

Customs, PDEA failed to detect P1-B shabu in Manila port

May 30, 2019 - 4:06 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Documents show PDEA and BOC failed to flag a drug-packed January 2019 shipment. They put it up for auction in April, then found illegal drugs in it after 'raiding' its buyer in May.

DRUG SHIPMENT. Drugs worth P1 billion are not found by the PDEA and the BOC when they scanned a shipment of tapioca starch and aluminum pallets before placing them for auction. BOC photo

Lacson: Customs 'still one hell of a mess' despite Duterte's anti-corruption drive

May 30, 2019 - 12:13 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says while Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero remains 'untainted by corruption,' there are questionable characters like sacked district collector Vener Baquiran who have been reappointed to the agency

TARA CONTINUES. Senator Panfilo Lacson bares in a privilege speech that a system of corruption still persists in the Bureau of Customs allowing illegal drug and trash shipments to the Philippines. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Back in Customs: Sacked MICP district collector is new deputy commissioner

May 25, 2019 - 1:44 PM

New Customs Deputy Commissioner Vener Baquiran served as Manila International Container Port district collector for a few months last year, or until he was sacked over the shabu shipment mess

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

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

Former White House chief joins firm that detains migrant children

May 04, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Democrats including 2020 presidential hopefuls accuse John Kelly of profiting from policies he had supervised during his stint in President Trump's administration

EX-CHIEF OF STAFF. In this file photo, then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attends a meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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

3-year-old boy 'abandoned' at U.S.-Mexico border

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:05 AM

US border patrol officials say the boy was 'abandoned; by a group of suspected illegal immigrants who had crossed into the United States from Mexico near Brownsville, Texas

An ice-cream vendor walks near the US-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on April 24, 2019. President Donald Trump said Wednesday the US is sending armed soldiers to the southern border after Mexican soldiers recently "pulled guns" on US troops. Guillermo Arias / AFP

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