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P100M worth of smuggled gadgets seized in Pampanga

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:14 PM

The smuggled gadgets include 6,900 units of Vivo, Huawei, and Xiaomi phones and tablets

SMUGGLED GOODS. Task Force Aguila and Bureau of Customs personnel unload boxes containing mobile phones, tablets, and other items at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Photo by Jun Malig

Task force seizes 3 used sports cars being smuggled from Clark Freeport

Jul 11, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Task Force Aguila confiscates two other old vehicles earlier – a Ford F-150 XLT pick-up truck and a 1970 model Nissan Datsun car – allegedly brought to Angeles City and City of San Fernando from Clark Freeport Zone for restoration

SMUGGLING ATTEMPT. This is one of the two Ford Corvette Stingray sports cars seized by Task Force Aguila at Clark Freeport Zone on July 9, 2019. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

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 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

DOJ summons Jacky Co over P1.8-B shabu shipment

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Justice has directed suspected Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and 16 others to respond to the criminal complaint filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

SEIZED. Authorities present to the media around 400 kilos of methamphetamine (shabu) worth P 1.8 billion seized at the Manila International Container Port on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

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

Man smuggles month-old leopard cub on plane to India

Feb 02, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Officials says they grew suspicious after hearing sounds coming from the bag, and stopped the passenger as he tried to rush out of the terminal in the capital city of southern Tamil Nadu state

SMUGGLED. This handout picture released by Customs Chennai International Airport and taken on February 2, 2019, shows a leopard cub after it was seized from a checked baggage of a passenger travelling from Bangkok, at Chennai International airport. Photo from Customs Chennai International Airport

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

Canadian risks harsher sentence at China drug retrial

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, originally sentenced to 15 years in prison and a 150,000 yuan ($22,000) forfeiture, could now potentially face the death penalty under China's zero-tolerance drug laws

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

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

Biazon on shabu smuggling: 'Is PDEA clean?'

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Lawmakers raise the possibility that more Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency officials may be implicated in drug smuggling

QUESTIONED. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, attends the House committee on dangerous drugs continues probe into P6.8-Billion shabu smuggling in Bureau of Customs. 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

PCG seizes ship loaded with alleged smuggled rice

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:04 PM

The vessel, named MV Hulk, is found in Sulu carrying more or less 50,000 bags of rice

Photo courtesy of PCG Southern Mindanao

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

DOJ indicts Davidson Bangayan over rice cartel

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The justice department also indicts the trader for unlawful use of pseudonym ‘David Tan’

ALLEGED RICE SMUGGLER. Davidson Bangayan, also known as David Tan, is indicted of violating Article 186 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC). Photo from Senate PRIB

Duterte orders customs intel officer Jimmy Guban arrested

Oct 24, 2018 - 5:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims Guban faked identification cards to allow the smuggling of shabu

SHABU SHIPMENT. Customs intelligence agent Jaime Guban, who was cited with contempt by Sen. Gordon in the previous senate inquiry. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lapeña cries foul as PDEA boosts theory P6.8-B shabu slipped past Customs

Oct 20, 2018 - 7:55 PM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino offers analysis of 'oversupply' and a match test, but Customs chief Isidro Lapeña says they are imprudent speculations

Customs commissioner Isidro Lapena at the hearing of the suspected shabu shipment from Malaysia. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Zamboanga Customs officials suspended over missing smuggled rice

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:14 PM

A 'visibly upset' President Rodrigo Duterte orders an investigation into 23,015 sacks of smuggled rice that had gone missing

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PNP, PDEA, BOC officers implicated in P6.8-B shabu probe

Sep 28, 2018 - 7:32 PM

The probe points to possible collusion among officers from the frontline anti-drug agencies of Duterte's war on drugs

CONNIVANCE? Former members of the government's 3 anti-drug agencies are implicated in the alleged smuggling of shabu inside the Philippines. Graphic by Ken Bautista.

PDEA No. 2 official sacked amid missing P6.8-B shabu controversy

Sep 27, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Deputy Director General for Administration Ismael Fajardo is the highest-ranking government official implicated in the drug smuggling case

FIRED. PDEA's deputy chief for administration Ismael Fajardo is sacked amid the controversial search for the P6.8-billion shabu allegedly smuggled into the Philippines. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

House to detain Customs intel officer for contempt

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Resigned Bureau of Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban has been cited in contempt by the House committee on dangerous drugs

EMBATTLED AGENT. Resigned Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban at the joint probe of the House committees on dangerous drugs and good government. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

'Fall guy' in alleged shabu shipment received P2,000 from Customs officer

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Joel Maritana recants his earlier testimony where he said he asked SMYD Trading to be a consignee-for-hire to receive the alleged shabu-packed magnetic lifters shipment

'FALL GUY.' Joel Maritana at the joint probe of the House committees on dangerous drugs and good governance into the missing P6.8-billion shabu (methamphetamine). Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Shabu probe: Customs officer got 'commission' for magnetic lifter shipment

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:53 AM

(UPDATED) Customs intel officer Jimmy Guban admits receiving at least P10,000 in looking for the consignee-for-hire which received the magnetic lifters allegedly packed with one ton of shabu

EPICENTER. Bureau of Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban during the continuation of the Senate hearing P6.8 billion shabu shipment on September 26, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House resumes probe into missing P6.8-B shabu shipment

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:46 AM

What is expected to happen in the continuation of the House probe into the alleged missing P6.8-billion shabu shipment?

MORE QUESTIONS. The House of Representatives Committee on Dangerous Drugs resumes its probe into the alleged missing shabu.

Senate leaves nagging questions for House in P6.8-B shabu probe

Sep 27, 2018 - 9:25 AM

(UPDATED) More questions were uncovered by the Senate blue ribbon committee in the P6.8-billion shabu probe. The House committee on dangerous drugs and committee on good government now faces the pressure to answer them.

CONTINUATION. House committee on dangerous drugs Chair Ace Barbers (left) on August 14, 2018 during hearing and investigation into the missing P6.8 billion worth of shabu. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Former X-ray chief: BOC did not follow SOP in scanning magnetic lifters

Sep 26, 2018 - 2:21 PM

The former X-ray chief of the Bureau of Customs says the current operators did not follow the SOP for X-rays that would have led to the physical examination of the magnetic lifters

LAPSES? Customs commissioner Isidro Lapena at the hearing of the suspected shabu shipment from Malaysia. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gordon on magnetic lifters: 'May laman!'

Sep 26, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Senator Richard Gordon is inclined to believe that the magnetic lifters were packed with drugs, as claimed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

SHABU SHIPMENT. Senator Richard Gordon at the investigation of the recent alleged shabu shipment contained in the magnetic lifters. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate to detain importer for lying in P6.8-B smuggled shabu hearing

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Senator Richard Gordon cited in contempt Marina Signapan, owner of SMYD Trading, refusing to believe her claim that she was merely paid to be the consignee of the illegal drugs shipment

DETAINED. Marina dela Cruz Signapan, owner of SMYD Trading, was cited with contempt by Sen. Gordon at the senate inquiry on P6.4 billion shabu shipment. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Customs alerted on Korean scrap truck smugglers at Davao port

Sep 09, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry and a Davao-based truck dealer say the trucks were smuggled from Korea without the proper registration

SMUGGLING. Used trucks were allegedly smuggled into the Port of Davao from Korea. Photo of the Port of Davao from Wikipedia

Duterte won't fire Piñol, NFA's Aquino over rice crisis

Sep 02, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'Maybe the laws are weak or are unenforceable. All we have to do is to improve on those laws, not necessarily fire people,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

RICE CRISIS. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not fire Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino, and other officials over the rice crisis. Screenshot from RTVM

Patterns emerge in 2017, 2018 shabu probes

Sep 01, 2018 - 6:30 PM

(UPDATED) The biggest difference between the 2018 and 2017 investigations? The existence of drugs has not been established in the 2018 shipment.

BACK IN HOT WATER. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena (center) swears before The House committee on dangerous drugs on Tuesday, August 14, during hearing and investigation into the P6.8 billion worth of shabu or methamphetamine smuggled into the country from Taiwan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Empty or shabu-packed? X-ray scans of magnetic lifters revealed

Aug 30, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The House committee on dangerous drugs publishes X-ray scans taken by the Bureau of Customs

SCANS PUBLISHED. Photos courtesy of House Committee on Dangerous Drugs

Newsbreak Chats: Rice crisis, Arroyo as House Speaker, other top stories in August 2018

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:33 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: the ongoing rice crisis, the tussle between Customs and PDEA, changes in the House, backdoor abortion in the Philippines

PDEA chief insists magnetic lifters in Cavite contained shabu

Aug 30, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino tags as 'unfair' criticisms being hurled at him that he was wrong in announcing the magnetic lifters contained illegal drugs

DRUG CONTAINERS? PDEA agents secure 4 empty magnetic scrap lifters inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Finding P6.8-B shabu already 'wishful thinking'

Aug 30, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'I think that would be wishful thinking already, from all the indiciations that we have,' says Representative Romeo Acop

WHERE IS IT? PDEA agents secure four empty magnetic scrap lifters, similar to the two abandoned inside a 40-foot container at the MICP with an estimated 500 kilos of Shabu, inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Compelled by House panel, PDEA chief attends shabu shipment probe

Aug 30, 2018 - 11:09 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino arrives at the House hearing on the same day his leave of absence from the agency ended

FINALLY PRESENT. PDEA chief Director General Aaron Aquino attends the House committee on dangerous drugs hearing on August 30, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Piñol wants to legalize smuggled rice in Zamboanga-Basilan area

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:18 AM

The agriculture secretary even envisions a 'trading center' for smuggled rice in the Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi region, saying that's the practice there anyway

Philippine Coast Guard seizes smuggled rice in Basilan

Aug 26, 2018 - 3:45 PM

A total of 22,000 bags of smuggled rice are found onboard two vessels

Photo from Philippine Coast Guard's Facebook page

Customs files charges vs shabu, smuggled sugar importers

Aug 17, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says the BOC will file 'more criminal charges against erring importers and brokers in the coming weeks'

SMUGGLING RAPS. The Bureau of Customs files smuggling charges against importers of illegal drugs and smuggled sugar before the Bureau of Customs on August 16, 2018. Photo from Bureau of Customs

Taiwan protests claim it was source of P6.8-billion shabu

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:00 PM

'We solemnly condemn the irresponsible news reports,' says Taiwan

TAIWAN FLAG. Taiwan's national flag flutters beside Taipei 101 at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on October 7, 2012. Photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Customs stops more magnetic lifters, says none carry shabu

Aug 15, 2018 - 8:10 PM

After performing two x-ray scans and scrutiny from sniffer dogs, the Bureau of Customs concludes the lifters are empty of illegal drugs

SEIZED. Two magnetic lifters are put on hold by the Bureau of Customs after they were allegedly misdeclared by its consignee. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pacquiao willing to be jailed just to kill drug lord in 'P6.8-B shabu' shipment

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:41 PM

'Magpapakulong na lang ako para ko ma-firing squad 'yung drug lord na 'yun na nagpasok sa Pilipinas,' says Senator Manny Pacquiao, who is also a pastor

Photo by Angie de Silva

Duterte says shabu in magnetic lifters 'pure speculation'

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte backs the assertion of Customs Chief Isidro Lapeña – that there was no shabu in the magnetic lifters found in Cavite

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the condemnation and public destruction of contraband luxury vehicles and motorbikes at Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan on July 30, 2018. A total of 68 contraband luxury vehicles worth over P277 million and eight contraband luxury motorbikes worth over P19 million were destroyed as part of the President's campaign against smuggling and corruption in the government. Joining the President are Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Cagayan Special Economic Zone (CEZA) Administrator and CEO Raul Lambino, and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Filipina importer in P6.4-B shabu case denied bail

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The 4 Chinese and 2 Taiwanese nationals charged are still at large

Eirene Mae Tatad, one of Mark Taguba's co-accused in the P6.4B shabu shipment from China is presented by members of National Bureau of Investigation during press briefing on February 2, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PDEA made 'crucial mistake' not quickly sharing shabu intel with Customs

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:49 PM

The suspect shipment was already taken out of the Manila International Container Port when the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency relayed the information to the customs bureau

'MISTAKE'. PDEA agents secure four empty magnetic scrap lifters, similar to the two abandoned inside a 40-foot container at the MICP with an estimated 500 kilos of Shabu, inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler