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DOJ suspends prosecutors who freed suspected jewelry smugglers

May 27, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says complaints against the 3 Pasay City prosecutors will likely be filed before the Office of the Ombudsman

Newly appointed Department of Justice secretary Menardo Guevara talks to members of the media as he holds his first press conference inside the DOJ in Manila on April 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Customs employee, 2 others arrested for smuggling P3-M jewelry

May 12, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Authorities recover nearly 2 kilos of rings, earrings, pendants, bangles, chains, and bracelets from the 3 suspects

RECOVERED. The BOC puts on display the pieces of jewellery they recovered from the suspects. Photo from BOC.

Customs seizes P33 million in smuggled goods

May 07, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The smuggled goods include makeup, sacks of rice, office chairs, and used clothing or ukay-ukay

P33-M worth of various goods seized in two Manila ports. Photos from Bureau of Customs

Malaysia halts people-smuggling ship bound for Australia, New Zealand

May 06, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities find 127 Sri Lankans aboard the ship, and arrest 16 people allegedly involved in an international human trafficking network

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May 02, 2018 - 7:38 PM

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Customs seizes cigarettes smuggled from China

Apr 16, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The Bureau of Customs says the cigarettes, worth P18.5 million, were misdeclared as 'industrial artificial fur texture'

BOC seizes P18.5-M worth of smuggled cigarettes. Photo from Bureau of Customs

Navy seizes smuggled rice from foreign ship near Zamboanga Sibugay

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The cargo vessel carried 27,180 sacks of Vietnam rice worth P67.950 million, says the Philippine Navy

Photo from Naval Forces Western Mindanao

BOC files smuggling charges vs 2 ATI officials, importers

Apr 07, 2018 - 5:39 PM

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says there will also be an investigation into the possible involvement of customs personnel in the illegal release of 105 containers

SHIPMENTS. In this photo taken November 8, 2012, a crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Manila. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Undeclared Korean SUV found in shipment at Davao port

Mar 22, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Findings of an x-ray scan conclude a vehicle was placed in between declared items. The scan is verified on Wednesday during a physical inspection.

SMUGGLED. Customs officials find an undeclared Hyundai sports-utility vehicle stuffed in between a used dump truck and a tractor head. Photo from BOC Davao

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 15, 2018

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:59 AM

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'IGNORE' UN PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police to 'not respond' to UN rapporteurs if they investigate human rights abuses in his 'war on drugs.' Malacañang file photo

Spain arrests 155 over Chinese human trafficking ring

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The arrests, which included 4 alleged ringleaders detained in Barcelona, came after a 3-year investigation, police say in a statement

Philippines seizes hundreds of smuggled animals

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:29 PM

The cache of some 300 creatures, which included squirrel-like sugar gliders, wallabies and a threatened species of cockatoo, is one of the nation's largest wildlife busts

SMUGGLED WILDLIFE. An estimated P10 million pesos worth of smuggled imported and endangered species from Imdonesia were rescued from the black market in Pasay City by the Environmental Crime Division of the National Bureau of Investigation and Biodiversity Management of the DENR on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit

Arrest warrant out for Chinese forwarder in P6.4-B shabu case

Mar 12, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Chen Ju Long, also known as Richard Chen or Richard Tan, remains at large

SCAPEGOAT? Chinese businessman Richard Tan, the alleged shipper of the 604 kilos of shabu from China, cries foul over the initial findings of the Senate blue ribbon committee.  Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Gordon orders release of Faeldon from detention

Mar 12, 2018 - 11:38 AM

(UPDATED) Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon orders the release of Nicanor Faeldon, who was earlier cited in contempt for disrespecting the Senate

Photo by Angie de Silva

Russian 'mastermind' in Argentina cocaine plot arrested in Germany

Mar 02, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Prosecutors in Berlin say the 49-year-old Russian national was detained as part of an international investigation launched by Moscow

COCAINE. This undated handout picture released on February 22, 2018 by Argentina's Security Ministry and taken in Buenos Aires shows policemen working during an operation which resulted in the seizure of nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires. Handout photo by Argentina's Security Ministry/AFP

Why the PNP barred customs fixer Mark Taguba from Camp Crame jail

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:15 PM

A Manila court has ordered that the fixer, who linked President Duterte's son to shabu smuggling, be transferred to the PNP Custodial Center

WHAT REASON? PNP Spokesperson Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao tells reporters to ask the head of the PNP's Headquarters Support Service why they barred Taguba from Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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

Coast Guard sees similarities in cocaine packs found in Sorsogon, Isabela

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard will buy more high-speed boats and possibly drones to help monitor the country's coastline

SIMILAR PACKAGES. Similarly packaged cocaine is found in Isabela and Sorsogon. Rappler file photo

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 2, 2018

Feb 02, 2018 - 11:03 AM

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DEFIANT. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales will not enforce the suspension order against Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang (left). Photo by Rappler

Malacanang on Carandang, Rappler cyber libel complaint, Top CHED official resigns | Evening wRap

Feb 01, 2018 - 8:16 PM

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Morales on Carandang suspension, Roque on fake news, Taguba ordered arrested | Evening wRap

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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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

Government to wreck luxury cars to send 'strong message' vs smuggling

Jan 16, 2018 - 10:27 PM

'The President is very clear in his instructions and directives that we should follow the rule so if they violate, let's apply the most extreme remedy or penalty. And the decision of the government is to destroy these cars,' Lambino tells 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

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

Duterte on son’s resignation, NCCC mall fire, Peya Travel owner arrested | Evening wRap

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:12 PM

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Duterte on Paolo’s resignation: ‘Napuno na siguro’

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says his son, the vice mayor of Davao City, 'considered it most unfair to him' to be summoned to Congress' drug smuggling probe 'for nothing'

DENIAL. Former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte (left) and Maneses Carpio (right) face the Senate probe into smuggling. Photo by Joseph Vidal

‘Delicadeza’: Paolo Duterte resigns as Davao City vice mayor

Dec 25, 2017 - 1:57 PM

(4th UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte's son says the scandals where his name has been dragged are 'closely tied to my failed first marriage,' where 'the other person is incorrigible'

Rappler file photo

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

Pangolin traffickers opening up new routes – study

Dec 15, 2017 - 2:17 PM

'This paints a grave picture of a phenomenal quantity of pangolins being trafficked and very nimble traffickers who adapt fast, likely in response to enforcement actions,' says Kanitha Krishnasamy of wildlife trade monitoring group Traffic

ENDANGERED. This file photo taken on September 22, 2016 shows a Zimbabwe game reserve guide touching Marimba, a female pangolin weighing 10 kilograms. File photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

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

Leftist ‘legal fronts,’ Roque rides MRT, Go’s heroics | Evening wRap

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

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

Siblings arrested for attempting to smuggle 21 guns through Cebu port

Nov 13, 2017 - 11:00 AM

The suspects are bound for Ozamis City, where they are supposed to meet the buyers, whom they have refused to name

BOUND FOR OZAMIS. Eulidiano Camance (left) and his half sister, Richel Puno, are arrested with a cache of unlicensed firearms at Pier 1, Cebu City, Sunday night, November 12, 2017. Photo from Cebu Port Police Facebook page

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: Let independent agencies probe my son

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:05 AM

'Who will believe me if I investigate my son?' Duterte told reporters Tuesday night, at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City

Alleged rice smuggler Bangayan insists: I’m not David Tan

Oct 30, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Davidson Bangayan insists there was no evidence to prove he was the 'David Tan' named in intelligence reports as a big-time rice smuggler

File photo of Davidson Bangayan being arrested in 2014 for a separate electricity pilferage case

NBI revives complaint vs alleged rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Bangayan is again accused of involvement in a scheme that allegedly cornered the National Food Authority's rice import allocations in 2012, taking advantage of farmers

ALLEGED RICE SMUGGLER. Davidson Bangayan, also known as David Tan, is being accused of monopolizing rice trade in local market by the NBI again. Photo from Senate PRIB

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Oct 11, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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Trillanes on draft Gordon report: Death for poor, lifestyle check for Paolo Duterte

Oct 11, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the initial findings in Senator Richard Gordon's draft report are 'lacking and wanting'

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 panel wants charges vs Faeldon, 4 others over P6.4-B smuggled shabu

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:59 AM

The Senate blue ribbon committee wants former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon charged with violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act

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

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