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Philippines customs nabs 360kg mercury worth P1.8m shipped from China

MANILA: Environmental justice group BAN Toxics lauded the Bureau of Customs for intercepting the mercury shipment from China last Dec. 23, 2014 at the Manila International Container Port. “We support and encourage Customs officials to continue enforcing environmental laws, especially those that pertain to chemicals and wastes, because of their huge impact on public health,” said BAN Toxics Executive Director ... Read More »

Philippines Customs arrests man with P200m dhabu drugs at Parañaque

PARANAQUE : A man was arrested in Parañaque City for claiming four boxes sent from Hong Kong, which contained 40 kilos of shabu worth P200 million. Chief Insp. Roque Merdegia, AIDSOTF spokesperson, said the shabu was stuffed inside the cylinder of a green water pump in each of the four boxes. Each box contained 10 kilos of shabu sent from ... Read More »

Philippines Customs clutches 40kg illegal drugs worth $8.94m

MANILA: Philippine authorities have seized 40 kg of high-grade methamphetamine hydrochloride, sent from Hong Kong, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) The illegal drug was hidden inside a water pump that was sent through air cargo from Hong Kong Dec. 28, 2014 The confiscated methamphetamine (commonly known as crystal meth) has an estimated street value of at least 400 million peso ... Read More »

Philippines moves up from 90th to 82th in best county for business ranking

MANILA: The Philippines best nation for doing business, they moved up eight places to rank 82nd out of 146 countries in Forbes’ Best Countries for Business List for 2014, up from 90th in the previous year. Forbes’ list ranks nations based on 11 indicators: trade freedom, monetary freedom, property rights, innovation, technology, red tape, investor protection, corruption, personal freedom, tax ... Read More »

Philippines authorities seize fake Jansport, North Face bags worth P11m

MANILA: Philippines authorities have seized more than 2,000 pieces of fake Jansport and North Face bags worth P11 million in a series of raids in Binondo, Manila here the other day. The National Bureau of Investigation said that a total of 2,363 fake bags worth P11 million were seized in raids during the holiday season. Among the retail stores and ... Read More »

Philippines spends P3 billion to expand Manila Container Terminal

MANILA: Port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is beefing up its budget for capital expenditures this year by $75 million (P3.375 billion at P45:$1) to bankroll its overseas and domestic expansion projects. ICTSI is spending P3 billion to expand MICT and to put up an inland container depot in Laguna. ICTSI has allocated P1.6 billion to bankroll the ... Read More »

Philippines Customs urged to amend tariff code to define smuggling as economic sabotage

MANILA: Philippines lawmaker had proposed amending tariff and customs code to define any form of smuggling involving goods with an aggregate value of P1 million as an act of economic sabotage. House Bill 5179, filed by Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing, seeks to amend Presidential Decree No. 1464 in an effort to deter smugglers by imposing steep fines on them. ... Read More »

Philippines Customs fails to collect $9.15b in 2014

MANILA: The Bureau of Customs will likely miss its 2014 collections goal even as revenue in the 11 months to November grew at double-digit pace on the back of “major headway made in reducing smuggling, quoting Customs Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla. The Bureau of Customs has a collection target of 408 billion pesos ($9.15 billion) this year. NOTE: Reuters has ... Read More »

3.7 million shabu seized in Philippine, 1 smuggler nabbed

MANILA:  A suspected drug pusher was arrested’3.7 kilos drugs seized while some P4 million in methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) was seized following a sting operation in Quiapo, Manila . Police arrested the man following the operation at Carlos Palanca Street, radio dzBB’s Luisito Santos reported. The report described the suspect as 21 years old and a resident of San Miguel district ... Read More »

South African ship captain pleaded guilty of arm smuggling in Philippines

MANILA: Justice Secretary Leila de Lima hailed the recent decision of the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) to convict a South African ship captain accused of smuggling into the country more than P5 million worth of firearms from Indonesia. The CTA Third Division last month sentenced Lawrence John Burne to from eight to 10 years in prison and ordered him ... Read More »

Philippines Police confiscate P120,000 worth of illicit firecrackers

SANTOS CITY: Philippines Police has seized around P120,000 worth of illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnics in a series of operations in Polomolok town in South Cotabato and neighboring areas here the other day. Insp. Richel Cabuslay, operations chief of Polomolok municipal police station, said they recovered the illegal items during a surprise inspection at around 3 p.m. of several firecracker stalls ... Read More »

Philippines Customs cracks fake drugs shipped from Pakistan

MANILA: The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Philippines seized 17 pallets containing fake drugs in Parañaque City which were originated from Karachi, Pakistan, were discovered at a warehouse in Barangay Vitalez, near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2. The fake drugs allegedly arrived in the Philippines last December 19. Nestor Añonuevo, acting chief of the BOC intelligence division, said ... Read More »

Philippines: Court of Tax Appeals sentences African for smuggling arms worth P5 million

MANILA: The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has sentenced to eight years imprisonment a South African skipper of a vessel that smuggled into the country some P5 million worth of Indonesian-made assault rifles and handguns in August 2009, it was learned yesterday. But Lawrence John Burne would not be serving the jail term as he managed to flee out of ... Read More »

Philippines Customs seizes 17 pallets of illicit fake drugs

MANILA: Philippines Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized 17 pallets containing fake smuggled drugs in Parañaque City here the other day. BOC said the fake drugs, which originated from Karachi, Pakistan, were discovered at a warehouse in Barangay Vitalez, near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2. The fake drugs allegedly arrived in the Philippines last December 19. Nestor ... Read More »

Philippines Customs apprehends illegal firecrackers shipped from China

MANILA: the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Philippines has seized two shipments those came from china containing illegal firecrackers but mentioned as tissue papers. The cache of firecrackers includes a repackaged version of the “piccolo” and “pop pop,” which are illegal and prohibited from being sold and distributed nationwide. The shipments, which arrived from China in October 2014, were subjected to ... Read More »

Philippines’ budget surplus P6.8b: Deficit narrows down to P26.8m

MANILA: The Philippines government has shown a surplus on budget of P6.8 billion in the month of November which cause the expenditures decline in the year. The November surplus, which is higher than the P1-billion surplus recorded the previous year, narrows the year-to-date deficit to P26.8 billion. The budget gap from January to November is 76 percent  lower  than the ... Read More »

Philippines Customs seizes bootleg firecrackers

MANILA: Philippines Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized smuggled firecrackers shipped from China at the Manila International Container Port here the other day. BOC said the illegal products came in two shipments had been declared by the importer as tissue paper. BOC discovered the firecrackers, which included a repackaged version of the “piccolo” and “pop pop,” after a recent inspection ... Read More »

Oil smuggling: Former Philippines Customs’ chief calls for investigation

MANILA: The former chief of the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) Davao collection district denied al the charges against his alleged involvement in oil smuggling, among other irregularities. Retired Army Brig. Gen. Ernesto Aradanas, who was relieved of his post on Oct. 1, has called for due process and an impartial investigation of his case. “All that I ask is that ... Read More »

Philippines Port Authority to end congestion in early 2015

MANILA: After nine months of traffic woes, economic slowdown and unending bickering between the national government and business groups versus the local government of Manila, the port congestion problem may soon be resolved. Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Juan Sta. Ana told that he sees the port congestion problem to end by early next year. The problem that has ... Read More »

Philippines customs lauded for seizing smuggled mercury from China

MANILA: Environmental justice group BAN Toxics (BT) lauded the Bureau of Customs for intercepting an illicit mercury shipment from China  at the Manila International Container Port. We support and further encourage our Customs officials to continue enforcing environmental laws, especially those that pertain to chemicals and wastes, because of their huge impact on public health,” said BAN Toxics executive director ... Read More »