MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized P1.8 million worth of smuggled drugs at a warehouse near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Based on the report of the BOC-NAIA, the packages were found at the Pair Cargo warehouse and were declared as “health care products” from Pakistan.
Upon inspection of the goods, it contained 35,345 tablets of diazepam and nitrazepam or anti-anxiety medicines. It also did not have the necessary documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The confiscated goods were turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on December 04, 2020, for further investigation, case profiling and build up against personalities involved in the unlawful and fraudulent importation, and prosecution for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (Republic Act 9165) in relation to Sections 118 (Prohibited Importation), 1113 (Goods Liable for Seizure and Forfeiture) and 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of the Republic Act 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The upgraded runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) can now be used for domestic flights following its yearlong rehabilitation.
The runway will also aid the swift delivery of vaccines in the country.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) led the inauguration of the rehabilitated and upgraded runway 13/31 in NAIA on Tuesday (February 16).
The department was able to finish the repair and overlay of the runway which include the repair of deteriorated asphalt pavement areas and the entire runway to assure the aircraft’s safe landing and take off.
Apart from the upgraded runway, a newly-constructed taxiway was also inaugurated to manage air traffic and to address aircraft congestion on the ground.
According to MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal, this will also benefit the anticipated volume arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in the country that is expected to happen this month.
GM Monreal cited that prior to the construction of the new taxiway it takes more than an hour before an aircraft could take off on runway 13/31, but now it could possibly take only about 30 minutes with the new taxiway.
“Dati kasi ang nga flights kasi galing Terminal 3 at Terminal 2 pag nagtake-off po sa domestic runway yung maiiksi natin umiikot sila hanggang dulo sa harap ng Terminal 4,” Monreal said.
“Ngayon hindi na sila iikot doon. Mayroon tayong parang tinatawag na bypass taxiway na para pagdating dun sa area na yun kakaliwa sila derecho take off na so hindi na maabala yung movement ng terminal 4,” he added.
The construction of the runway was conducted during the strict quarantine that is why flight operations were not hampered.
Meanwhile, airport officials also completed the rehabilitation of NAIA Terminal 2 to accomodate more passengers.
“So lumuwag po ang departure area, pre-departure area ng International area. Sa labas naman makikita ninyo meron tayong extra space na nakuha para magamit ng mga pasahero na aalis ng bansa. Lumaki yung check in counter. Nakadagdag tayo ng security screening kasi dati yun ang nagiging reklamo na medyo mahaba ang pila sa labas,” Monreal noted.
Although the rehabilitation was completed, MIAA said that bidding for the upgrade of terminals is yet to be decided. –MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines —The Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has denied the entry of seven Vietnamese nationals found to be misrepresenting the purpose of their travel.
A statement released by the immigration bureau said the seven Vietnamese were intercepted on separate occasions at the NAIA Terminal 2 arrival area after flying in from Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore.
“We intercepted the first batch of three passengers on February 9, and denied their entry to the country,” BI Port Operations Division Chief Atty. Candy Tan stated in her report.
“However, we were surprised to find that another four arrived the following day,” she added.
The officer said the group showed that they were endorsed by an IT and business solutions company in the Philippines.
However, when asked how they are connected to said company, all seven gave conflicting answers and admitted they only met at the Vietnam International Airport.
“When asked, they had no knowledge of IT or the workings of their alleged company. They were unable to establish their purpose of travel,” Tan said.
“Hence they were excluded and boarded on the next available flight back to their port of origin,” she added.
The seven were excluded under Section 29(a) 5 of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente reminded port personnel to strictly monitor arriving passengers despite the easing of travel restrictions in the country.
“All immigration officers must strictly assess arriving passengers to ensure the legitimacy of their purpose of travel,” said Morente.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) condemned another 365 kilograms of unregistered medicines and other hazardous goods in Cavite on Tuesday (December 29).
On its Facebook post on Wednesday, the BOC said the seized medicine and cosmetic products are unsafe for human consumption as they did not have the necessary clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan said authorities used thermal decomposer (Pyrolysis) to destroy the enregistered goods to guarantee that no single item will find its way to the market.
The port previously condemned 4.28 tons of unregistered and hazardous goods last December 7. For the year 2020, a total of 373.19 tons of unregistered goods had been destroyed.
The BOC said the move is part of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero’s border protection initiatives to protect the public against unsafe goods and trade facilitation directive to zero out overstaying cargoes to decongest ports. -AAC
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