The Bureau of Customs-NAIA intercepted a total of 28 parcels of various firearms, parts and accessories with an estimated aggregate value of P1.5 million illegally imported through the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC).
The seized items came without the required Import Permit from the Firearms and Explosive Office of the Philippine National Police (FEO-PNP).
Thru the vigilance of BOC-NAIA front-liners, Customs Intelligence & Investigation Service (CIIS-NAIA), Enforcement and Security Service (ESS-NAIA), the subject firearms, parts and accessories were apprehended for violation of Section 117 and Section 1113 of Republic Act No. 10863 (CMTA) in relation to R.A. No. 10591 otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.”
The seized firearms, parts and accessories shall be turned over to Enforcement and Security Service-Firearms and Explosive Office (ESS-FEO) for safe keeping pending seizure and forfeiture proceedings.
In full support to the intensified enforcement and prosecution of smuggling drive of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, the case records of the said apprehension will likewise be referred to the Bureau Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS) and Legal Service for further investigation, case build up and prosecution of importers and their conspirators for violation of Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of Republic Act No. 10863 (CMTA) in relation to R.A. No. 10591 otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.”
District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan assured the public that despite COVID-19 pandemic, BOC-NAIA personnel will continue to remain focused in their collective efforts to protect the country’s premier airport against all fraudulent and illegal attempts to import high risk commodities like firearms, parts and accessories, aside from dangerous drugs and other contraband inimical to national security and public health.
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