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P9-M worth of cocaine seized at NAIA

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Courtesy: Bureau of Customs

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities seized an estimated P9 million worth of cocaine from an Indonesian national who arrived from Qatar at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 on Wednesday.

Agents of the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) confiscated the illegal drugs from the suspect who arrived from Doha aboard Qatar Airways at around 5 p.m.

The cocaine, weighing a total of 1.65 kilograms, was found hidden in a secret compartment of his suitcase.

PDEA said the suspect was held at the airport after random K-9 sweep and X-ray examination showed suspicious white powdery substance in the secret lining of his luggage.

Further chemical analysis confirmed that the substance brought by the passenger was cocaine.

The suspect is facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

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Bureau of Customs website hacked

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday said its official website has been broken into and defaced by hackers.

On Monday evening, the agency’s website header read “Hacked by Ultimate Haxor.”

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, the BOC website remains inaccessible to the public.

screenshot of customs.gov.ph

Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero said the move by still-unidentified hackers was an attempt to derail the agency’s planned computerization program.

“The incident is an attempt by criminals to derail the computerization program of the Bureau designed to promote efficiency, transparency and eradicate graft and corruption,” he said in a statement.

Guerrero, however, assured the public that the website’s main content and its computer system remains intact and secured. The Bureau’s operation also was not disrupted.

The BOC said it has already coordinated with the National Computer Emergency Response Team under the Cybersecurity Bureau of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

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PDEA seizes P5-M worth of suspected ecstasy,cocaine from BGC hotel

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Saturday, June 15th, 2019

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has seized over 2,700 pieces of suspected ecstasy and around 200 grams of suspected cocaine in Taguig City, Friday night (June 14).

PDEA operatives issued a search warrant against Domingo Tanyao Uy Jr. who availed and rented a safety deposit box located in a luxury hotel in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Authorities estimates the 2,750 total pieces of suspected ecstasy are worth over P4.6 million while the 200 grams of suspected cocaine is worth P1.06 million.

They also seized 14 pieces of transparent plastic cartridge suspected to be used for dangerous drugs.

A case for Violation of Section 11 of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Uy.

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Tara System in BOC still exists – Lacson

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

BOC shipments
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Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed in his privilege speech the prevailing corruption in the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

Lacson enumerated the illegal shipments that have entered the ports of Manila.

Among them is the shipment of garbage from Canada, and the five-ton garbage that South Korea exported to the Philippines in 2018.

The Senator said this is not the first time that other countries have dumped their garbage to the Philippines, making the country the official dumpsite of Southeast Asia.

Lacson also cited the series of illegal drugs shipments in the country despite the successive changes of leadership in the BOC.

These include the 6.4 billion pesos worth of Shabu that was discovered in Valenzuela City in May 2017; the 4-billion pesos worth of shabu discovered in an abandoned Vecaba shipment at the Manila International Container Port in August 2018; and another shipment of shabu worth one billion pesos in Malabon City last week.

It was at this point that Senator Lacson questioned the Customs officials and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as to why they resort to auctioning the illegal shipments as a means to lead the possible members of the syndicates to come out of hiding.

Lacson said in his speech, “The Bureau averred that it deliberately placed the shipment containing illegal drugs for auction, which was later bid out and won by Goldwin Commercial.  Let’s assume for a while that we are buying their story, the question is: is the BOC legally allowed to subject prohibited goods to public sale or auction?”

The Senator claimed that the Tara system in the agency still exists and that Customs officials are still getting paid for every shipment that gets into the country.

“For the Office of the Commissioner, an average of P5,000 per container plus 10% of the collections of each section/office directly under OCOM; P3,000 for Intelligence Group; P1,000 to P2,000 for the Enforcement Group; P3,000 for the Risk Management Office; and P2,000 to P3,000 for the Import and Assessment Service,” Lacson said.

He added, “The tara goes to various persons, for his office or the Office of the Commissioner, I will leave it to Gen. Guerrero to investigate and find out.”

He further said, “The MICP and POM district offices receive P3,000 per container. Each container with alert order may be charged as high as P50,000. Holy cow!”

Lacson, however, clarified that BOC Chief Rey Leonardo is not involved in the corruption in the agency he is leading, but the Senator pointed out that various factions in the BOC still continue to receive “tara.”

The Senator said that this should be a challenge to the new BOC chief to cleanse the agency from corruption. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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