As part of its relentless effort in protecting the borders against restricted goods, the Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark has turned over forfeited and abandoned poker chips and gambling paraphernalia to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) last Thursday, 17 September 2020.
These shipments include seven (7) packages of mahjong set/tiles, two (2) packages of poker chips and one (1) small package of gambling paraphernalia which were covered by warrants of seizure and detention (WSD) and abandonment proceedings (AP).
These were seized and forfeited in violation of Section 119 (b) of the R.A. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act the BOC said.
The said turn-over activity was made pursuant to Section 1147 (a) of the CMTA which was attended by District Collector Atty. Ruby Alameda, BOC-Clark Deputy Collectors, PAGCOR Senior Security Officer Mark Oliver Dela Cuesta, Legal Officer Atty. Dianne Dimaliwat and Senior Treasury Head Freddie Briones.
In a statement, District Collector Alameda said that the Port of Clark will remain steadfast in enforcing customs laws and regulations and in apprehending shipments that violate the CMTA.
She likewise said that coordination with other regulating agencies will be strengthened to barricade the borders against prohibited and restricted shipments without permit. Kiara Lauren Ibanez / BENJAMIN CUARESMA