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Philippines court sentences Georgian captain for 8 years in arms smuggling case

MANILA: Philippine court sentenced Captain Lawrence John Burne, is a citizen of Georgia for at least eight years in jail for tax evasion and for smuggling Indonesian arms illegally to Philippines. The DoJ said Burne is a citizen of Georgia, but independent reports claimed he was South African. He had been apprehended by Philippine authorities in 2009, but had jumped ... Read More »

Philippine court sentences ship’s captain for smuggling arms

Manila: A fugitive ship’s captain has been sentenced by a Philippine court to serve at least eight years in jail for tax evasion.Captain Lawrence John Burne was found guilty of dodging the payment of taxes for high-powered firearms that he brought into the country in 2009.He was sentenced in absentia by the Court of Tax Appeals, Third Division for violation ... Read More »

Philippine ports authority appeals importers, cargo owners to clear goods before Christmas

MANILA: A day after that it was reported that the Manila ports will be fully decongested early 2015, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said that yard utilization is nearing congestion level due to the 10-day holiday period. Thus, PPP General Manager Juan Sta Ana appealed to importers and cargo owners to withdraw their cargos early and, if possible, double the ... Read More »

Philippines DOF aims at maintaining higher revenue collection

MANILA: The Department of Finance (DOF) Philippines plans to further shore up revenue collection while continually reducing the share of the government debt to the economy in 2015 to sustain the inroads made this year. Finance Undersecretary Gil S. Beltran said in a speech before DOF employees last Monday the DOF achieved a great deal in 2014. With Secretary Purisima ... Read More »

Customs reforms in doldrums: Philippines business groups concerned over backtracking

MANILA: With progress stalled, local business groups have expressed concern about possible signs of backtracking by the government that would undermine the country’s customs reform process and ultimately result in lower revenue collections and proliferation of smuggling. According to several business groups, the proposal would  have eliminate delays being witnessed at the country’s main ports because cargoes would have been ... Read More »

Efforts to widen Manila Port next year

MANILA: The government is confident of fully decongestant the ports of Manila early next year after successfully reducing yard utilization rate to more than 80 percent. According to Sta. Ana the combined yard utilization of Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) of the International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) and the Manila South Harbor of Asian Terminals Inc. stood at 81 ... Read More »