P7.3 million worth of smuggled cigarettes seized in waters off Zamboanga City

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2021   •   330

State security forces have intercepted a watercraft carrying P7.3 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in waters off Barangay Recodo in Zamboanga City, the Philippine Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) said.

The NFWM said elements from its Seaborne Patrol Units, Navy SEALS, intelligence operatives, and members of the Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Customs seized the contraband that was loaded on MB Dream Boat on April 28.

The smuggled cigarettes were packed in 205 master cases and were loaded in a boat coming from Sulu.

The cigarettes bore brands like Cannon, Champion, New Far Gold, and New Far Green.

The boat had a crew of 10 who were escorted to Naval Station Romulo Espaldon.

“The crew underwent a medical check-up at Camp Navarro General Hospital and were all declared to be in good condition,” the NFWM said.

The apprehended individuals and the confiscated items were turned over to the custody of BOC Zamboanga District for proper disposition, it added.

BOC cleared over 14M doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday (June 18) reported that over 14 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been cleared.

During a virtual public briefing on Friday, BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said that among the 14 million doses, 9 million are Sinovac vaccines; 2.5 million are AstraZeneca; 2.4 million are Pfizer-BioNtech; and 180,000 are Sputnik V.

Guerrero said the agency is expediting the process for the immediate distribution of the doses.

He also assured the public that the BOC is also making sure that the PPE’s and other medical equipment arriving in the country have proper documentation. The BOC is also diligent in collecting taxes to fund government projects and boost the country’s economic recovery.

The BOC chair will also make sure to intensify efforts in curbing smuggling. He also advised the public to report any complaints to the agency. AAC

Louis Vuitton recognizes BOC’s anti-smuggling, anti-counterfeit drive

Marje Pelayo   •   June 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Famous luxury brand Louis Vuitton expressed appreciation for the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) relentless drive against smuggling and counterfeit items.

This year, the combined efforts of BOC Enforcement Group’s Enforcement and Security Service (EG-ESS) and Intelligence Group’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (IG-CIIS) already seized a total of P2.1 billion in estimated counterfeit goods.

Louis Vuitton Malletier, commonly known as Louis Vuitton or by its initials LV, is a French fashion house and luxury goods company founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton.

The brand is a manufacturer of high-end bags, belts, shoes and other fashion items.

As such, the brand is commonly the victim of counterfeit and fake items that are illegally imported into the country.

In a statement, Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero thanked the famous French brand for the recognition given to the efforts brought forth by the Bureau.

He also thanked the representatives of Louis Vuitton for their continued support in the Bureau’s drive against prohibited goods.

The Commissioner also assured that the Bureau of Customs shall remain committed in securing the country’s border and supporting legitimate brand owners.

Guerrero received a plaque of recognition from the famous luxury brand on June 14.

Rear Admiral Adeluis Bordado named new PH Navy chief

Robie de Guzman   •   June 8, 2021

Rear Admiral Adeluis Bordado PN; 39th Flag Officer in-Command, Philippine Navy | Photo credit: NPAO

 

MANILA, Philippines — Rear Admiral Adeluis Bordado has been designated as the next chief of the Philippine Navy, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Tuesday.

In a statement, AFP chief of staff General Cirilito Sobejana welcomed Bordado’s appointment as the 39th Flag Officer in-Command of the Philippine Navy.

“His designation came at the time that the Philippine Navy is vigorously pursuing its modernization program that includes acquisition programs for surface and sub-surface assets,” AFP chief said.

He said Bordado’s wealth of experience, well-rounded education and training locally and abroad and personal attributes “make him an excellent choice to lead the Philippine Navy at this time that the AFP faces various internal and external security challenges.”

“Bordado is an accomplished naval officer who rose to the hierarchy of the 123 years old Philippine Navy passing through the different command, leadership, management, and staff positions —not only in the Philippine Navy but in the AFP as well,” Sobejana said.

“He particularly distinguished himself in the fields of operations, intelligence, information technology, budget, planning, and education and training,” he added.

Bordado will replace outgoing navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo.

The change of command ceremony will be held on Tuesday afternoon at the Philippine Navy Headquarters.

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