BOC confiscates smuggled sports car, motorcycles and computers

UNTV News   •   March 10, 2015   •   3697

The smuggled sports car under the pile of bicycles along with motorcycles inside a container van apprehended by Bureau of Customs. (UNTV News)

Bureau of Customs officials inspect a smuggled sports car hidden under a pile of bicycles and motorcycles inside a container van. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs confiscated P11 million worth of smuggled motorcycles, computers and a sport car, which entered the country in two separate shipments.

The first shipment from Japan which is consigned to Panda Vine International Trading was declared as 873 units of used bicycle.

Upon the physical examination conducted by the BOC, on the shipment however, a used right hand drive Subaru WRX 2000 cc sports car, 15 motorcycles, motorcycle parts and used car parts were found hidden among the imported bicycles.

“They haven’t processed this, they already abandoned it,” Director Willie Tolentino,” BOC Enforcement and Security Service Dir. Willie Tolentino said.

The shipment also lacked the necessary permit for motor vehicles from the Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Import Services. Philippine laws prohibit the importation of right hand drive vehicles.

The other shipment from China which is consigned to Capas Pottery and General Merchandise was also found out as misdeclared and under valued.

The 672 units of computers has a declared value of $17,400 or P765,000. The Customs bureau, however, found out that its actual value is $296,352 or more than P13 million.

“It was also declared as computer parts but as you can see, these are complete sets. So it’s misdeclared,” Tolentino said.

After the motorcycles, bicycles and computers undergo the necessary legal processes, it will be auctioned. BOC will also file the necessary complaints against the importer of the shipments.

“To those who are still planning to smuggle items, refrain from doing it because we will just lose more,” Tolentino added. (Victor Cosare /UNTV News)

Bangko Sentral shares tips in determining fake banknotes

Robie de Guzman   •   September 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Thursday advised the public to carefully check their banknotes to ascertain the genuineness of the Philippine currency.

The BSP issued the advisory following reports circulating in social media and messaging apps on the existence of alleged counterfeit 1000-Peso banknotes.

Under Republic Act No. 10951, counterfeiters of Philippine currency are subject to the penalty of imprisonment of at least 12 years and 1 day and a fine not exceeding two million pesos, the central bank warned.

To check the authenticity of the new generation currency (NGC) banknotes, the BSP advised the public to use the “Feel-Look-Tilt” method to check the security features.

A detailed illustration of this method has been posted on BSP’s website.

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“From January to June 2021, the BSP led five successful law enforcement operations that resulted in the arrest of 14 individuals and the filing of nine separate criminal charges,” the central bank said.

The BSP also said it regularly conducts public information campaigns to educate the public on the design, security features, and proper handling of Philippine currency as well as relevant laws, policies, and programs.

“The BSP enhanced the New Generation Currency (NGC) banknotes to incorporate the latest anti-counterfeiting technology and improve the visual and tactile differentiation of each denomination,” it said.

The central bank advised the public to immediately report any information on counterfeiting of Philippine currency to the nearest police station or law enforcement agency for appropriate action.

The public may also reach the Payments and Currency Investigation Group (PCIG) at this email address, it added.

BOC clears 5.89M Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, Astrazeneca vaccines

Maris Federez   •   July 17, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of NAIA has cleared 5,891,650 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines which arrived in different batches from July 16 to 17, 2021, a customs advisory released on Saturday said.

The cleared vaccines include 3.24 million Johnson and Johnson doses in 2 batches, 1.5 million Sinovac doses, and 1.15 million AstraZeneca doses in 2 batches.

The advisory said a total of 2,757,400 vaccines arrived on Friday at the NAIA Terminal 3 at around 2:30 p.m. This comprised the 1st batch of Johnson and Johnson with 1,606,600 doses and AstraZeneca with 1,150,800 doses.

On Saturday (July 17), a total of 3,134,250 vaccines also arrived at Terminal 3, comprising of the 2nd batch of J&J with 1,634,250 doses and Sinovac with 1.5M doses.

“The shipments were pre-cleared on July 15, 2021, at the BOC-NAIA COVID-19 One-Stop-Shop upon submission by the Department of Health of all pertinent documents as the consignee,” the statement said.

The BOC has, so far, cleared six vaccine brands which include Sinovac from China, AstraZeneca from the UK, Sputnik V from Russia’s Gamaleya, Pfizer and Moderna from the US, and Johnson and Johnson from Europe.

As of this posting, over 27 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been cleared and released by the customs bureau since February 2021.

“Of which, 14.5 million are Sinovac, 6.8 million are AstraZeneca, 350,000 are Sputnik V, 2.48 million are Pfizer, 500,000 are Moderna, and 3.24 million are Johnson & Johnson brands,” the BOC said. —/mbmf

Duterte prohibits Customs, airport personnel from opening, delaying COVID-19 vaccine supplies

Marje Pelayo   •   February 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte reminded Customs and airport personnel not to open or tamper with the shipment of COVID-19 vaccine supplies.

Likewise, the President stressed that concerned government agencies must not cause any delay in the transportation and distribution of the vaccines.

This was his call during a public address aired Monday night (February 8).

“Let me address every government worker. Lahat tayo. Do not delay and do not hinder or obstruct the smooth flow na nakikita ninyo from the time of the arrival to the time of clearance,” Duterte said.

Maybe ang trabaho lang ninyo Customs, magtingin. You have no business na buksan-buksan dyan. You’re not allowed to do that. I am not allowing you, anybody diyan sa airport na magbukas bukas,” he added.

The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to arrive next week.

Meanwhile, the President has authorized the Philippine National Police (PNP) to deploy its men to ensure the safe and fast transport of vaccine supplies across the country. 

“The PNP should provide escorts that would ensure the fastest way of, for the vaccines to arrive in their storage and even in the matter of transporting from one facility to the other. Ihatid doon sa mga local governments. The police will provide that kind of mobility,” he said.

Duterte reminded other government agencies not to interfere with the affairs of the National Task Force and stressed that only Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III are the only persons to “call the shots” in the vaccine rollout to ensure the smooth distribution of the vaccines to the people.

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