The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Manila International Container Port (MICP) on September 16, 2020 condemned four (4) 40-foot containers of smuggled and fake cigarettes at a condemnation facility located at Porac, Pampanga.
Value of the condemned smuggled cigarettes were estimated to cost about P120 million. The BOC condemned the items as it violated Section 117 and Section 1113 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and other relative National Tobacco Administration (NTA) and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) rules and regulations.
The condemned cigarettes were part of the P219.6 million worth of apprehensions of MICP for 2020, with the biggest pegged at 6,249 master cases of undeclared cigarettes nabbed last July 24, 2020 with an estimated value of P186.9 million.
The condemnation proceeding was a collective effort of the Port headed MICP District Collector Romeo Allan Rosales through the Office of the Deputy Collector for Operation’s Auction and Cargo Disposal Division (ACDD), Intelligence Group (IG) through the Port’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Enforcement Group (EG) through the Port’s Enforcement and Security Service (ESS).
In his statement District Collector Rosales stressed that the Port remains vigilant in performing its mandate to prevent the entry of illegal goods into the country. He also commended the efforts of the men and women of MICP for ensuring the timely disposition of the apprehended products. Similarly he acknowledged the continuing support of IG and EG in aiding the Port through its anti-smuggling campaign.
As the nation tries to recover from the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, MICP remains one with BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero in his advocacy in ensuring border security and providing quality public service to every Filipino. Kiara Lauren Ibanez / BENJAMIN CUARESMA